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Most Russians do not expect rifts in ruling tandem - opinion poll

Dmitri Medvedev and Vladimir PutinMoscow, 22 November:
The majority of Russians (71 per cent) believe that no disagreements between Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev and (Russian) Prime Minister Vladimir Putin are to be expected in the near future.

Such are the findings of a poll conducted by the Levada Centre (polling agency) on 22-25 October in 44 Russian regions.

Only 15 per cent of the respondents think that conflicts could emerge between Medvedev and Putin within the next two or three years.

About the same number of respondents (14 per cent) were undecided.

According to the survey data, 84 per cent of Russians think that Putin is continuing to exercise a considerable influence on the country's political life since ceasing to be president.

This evaluation has remained stable recently (87 per cent in 2009).

Eleven per cent of the Russians polled said that Putin exercised influence "to a certain extent" and 3 per cent were undecided.


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