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    MOST RUSSIANS ARE WELL DISPOSED TO UKRAINE

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    MOSCOW, March 1 (RIA Novosti) - Most Russians (72%) are well disposed to Ukraine while 22% dislike it.

    These are the results of the representative poll of 1,600 Russians conducted by Yuri Levada's Analytical Center in 128 settlements of 46 Russian regions on February 18-21 by the order of the Ukrainskaya Pravda Internet edition. The statistic error is about 3%.

    According to 32% of the polled, Russia should be considered the historic successor of Kievan Russ. Fourteen percent believe that Ukraine has more grounds for this and 45% think that both countries have this right.

    It has also turned out that 63% of Russians know that Moscow's founder Yuri Dolgoruky was a prince of Kiev while 29% learned this during the poll.

    Twelve percent of Russians are convinced that if Ukraine joins NATO it will support Russia in case of a military conflict between the alliance and the Russian Federation and 31% think it will support NATO. According to 33% of the polled, Ukraine will not interfere in the conflict.

    In the opinion of 11% of the polled, the orange revolution in Ukraine will lead to a similar revolution in Russia, 8% think it will cause further democratic reforms in Russia, 16% believe it will lead to crackdown and reaction and 28% of Russians assume the orange revolution will have no influence on Russia at all.

    According to 34% of the polled, President Vladimir Putin was right to congratulate Viktor Yanukovich on his victory in the presidential elections because Mr. Yanukovich was the winner but was robbed of his victory. Another 14% believe that Mr. Putin was right because he tried to influence the decision on the election results. In the opinion of 10% of the polled, the Russian President was wrong trying to influence this decision. Fourteen percent think that Mr. Putin was given wrong information about the election results and it was the fault of his associates.

    According to 74% of Russians, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Timoshenko whom the Russian Prosecutor General's Office accuses of the embezzlement of the Defense Ministry's money should give testimony to Russian investigators. However, 12% think she should not do this.

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