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Most Russians Keen On Return To Direct Elections To Upper House - Poll

Moscow, 1 September: Russians would like to decide for themselves who should sit in the upper house of the country's Federal Assembly, according to sociologists.

In the course of a nationwide opinion poll (carried out between 19 and 23 August), 62 per cent of the people who took part said senators should be chosen by the people living in Russia's regions, sociologists told Interfax on Thursday (1 September).

Barely one-third as many (23 per cent) are satisfied with the way in which the chamber is currently formed, with senators being appointed by governors and regional legislative assemblies.

The remaining 15 per cent of the public struggled to express an opinion on the matter.

(Passage omitted: President Dmitriy Medvedev commented on the issue on 31 August)

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