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Monday, August 29, 2005


Most Russians afraid of police

From The Moscow Times:

The majority of Russians are afraid of the police according to a survey cited by a respected daily on Monday.
Izvestia wrote that the survey, which was conducted by the Levada Center, showed that 75% of the respondents feared the police. Moreover, the number of people who said they were afraid of falling victim to arbitrary treatment at the hands of the police had increased 5% in recent months.
The police, in return, cited a poll from the Public Opinion Foundation (FOM). "Only" 41% of respondents said they feared violence committed by law enforcement bodies. FOM experts, who are often referred to as Kremlin-backed, made a reservation that "more than half of residents of Moscow and other large cities, with a population of more than a million people, fear police." Nearly 60% of respondents said violence was a common practice in the police ranks.

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