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Russians Increasingly Disapprove Of 1991 Ban On Soviet Communist Party - Poll

Moscow, 24 August: Russians now tend to regard (First Russian President) Boris Yeltsin's decision to ban the CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union) as wrong - 47 per cent of those polled share this view. Only one in four (26 per cent) approve of the first Russian president's idea, the opinion poll carried out by VTsIOM (Russian Public Opinion Research Centre) in August shows.

Twenty years ago, opinion in Russia was split virtually in half - 38 per cent said the decision was right, and another 38 per cent said it was wrong, the pollsters told Interfax on Wednesday (24 August) when presenting the results of the nationwide survey.

The share of those who approve of the ban on the CPSU is about the same in all age groups, 26-28 per cent (except among pensioners - 21 per cent). The older the respondents are, the more they are inclined to condemn the ban, and the younger they are, the more likely they are to say that they have no clear opinion on the matter.

Most Russians also disapprove of (the idea of) a trial of the CPSU, which could have taken place in the past: 52 per cent say it would have been superfluous, and only 20 per cent believe that the trial should have gone ahead. In the past 20 years, the number of those wishing to see the CPSU on trial almost halved, from 36 to 20 per cent.

The opinion poll carried out by VTsIOM in 138 population centre in 46 regions, territories and republics of Russia on 13-14 August showed that our compatriots do not believe that life in the country would have worked out well much sooner had all former CPSU members and KGB agents been barred from holding senior posts. Only 28 per cent of those polled believe that in this case "new life" would have come into being sooner, while 38 per cent believe that the measure would have had no effect on improving the situation in the country. (Passage omitted: historical background)

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