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Half of Russians say country lacks democracy

Last Updated: Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 00:17

Moscow: Twenty years after the Soviet
collapse and Russia`s transition to a market economy, almost
half of Russians still believe that their country is not a
democratic society, according to an opinion poll.

The poll conducted by the "Levada Centre" pollster in
44 regions indicates that 47 per cent Russians believe that
Russia is not a democratic country while 19 per cent were
undecided.

However, 39 per cent feel growing chaos and anarchy,
restoration of an authoritarian rule, dictatorship and former
Soviet order. Only 39 per cent Russians believe that the
former Communist nation is developing on the democratic path,
Interfax reported.

Most of the polled Russians (45 per cent) link the
concept of a `democratic society` with civil and political
freedoms like free speech, religious freedom and free
migration.

The poll showed that 58 per cent Russians link
answerability of the authorities before the electorate and
equality of all are the norms of a democratic society along
with public`s capability to influence on the government in
setting the course of economic development, independence of
legislature and judiciary, democratic elections on the basis
of political competition.

On the backdrop of growing discontent at the state of
the society 64 per cent Russians do not take any interest in
politics.

According to the sociologists of Levada Centre, Moscow
had the highest number of people who do not take interest in
politics.

PTI

First Published: Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 00:17

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