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Terrorist Acts

The survey took place between 26 and 29 September 2014 and was conducted throughout all of Russia in both urban and rural settings. The survey was carried out among 1630 people over the age of 18 in 134 localities of 46 of the country’s regions. The answer distribution is presented as percentages of the number of participants along with data from previous surveys. The statistical error of these studies does not exceed 3.4%.  

DO YOU THINK THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE SIEGE AT THE MUSICAL “NORD-OST” IN MOSCOW IN 2002?

 

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the whole truth

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only part of the truth

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they are hiding the truth

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they are lying

and avoiding the truth

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it is difficult to say

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IN YOUR OPINION, WHY WERE CHECHEN MILITANTS ABLE TO CARRY OUT THE TERRORIST ACT AT THE MUSICAL “NORD-OST” IN MOSCOW IN THE FALL OF 2002?

 

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because of the inaction and poor performance of the special services

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because of corruption among police employees and other authorities

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such terrorist acts cannot be prevented in principle

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because of the inaction and poor performance of the police

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something else

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it is difficult to say

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IN YOUR OPINION, WHY DID MANY OF THE HOSTAGES AT THE PLAY “NORD-OST” DIE WHILE BEING FREED?

 

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due to the poor organization of the evacuation and the rescue of people who had suffered from the effects of the gas

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because it is impossible to escape casualties in such incidents

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because the hostage rescue operation was carried out unprofessionally

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because the government was not willing to negotiate with the militants

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something else

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it is difficult to say

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WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING VIEWPOINTS CONCERNING THE TERRORIST ACTS CARRIED OUT FROM 1999-2004 DO YOU CONSIDER MOST PROBABLE?

 

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these terrorist acts were entirely unexpected for Russian special services

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special services knew about their preparation but were unable to prevent them

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special services knew about their preparation but did not act

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it is possible that special services facilitated the preparation of these terrorist acts

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it is difficult to say

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IN YOUR OPINION, HOW SUCCESSFULLY ARE RUSSIAN SPECIAL SERVICES FIGHTING TERRORISM IN RUSSIA?

 

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very successfully

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quite successfully

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not very successfully

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completely unsuccessfully

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it is difficult to say

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DO YOU THINK THAT RUSSIAN SPECIAL SERVICES AND THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR WILL BE ABLE TO DEFEND THE POPULATION OF RUSSIA AGAINST NEW TERRORIST ACTS?

 

definitively

yes

mostly

yes

mostly

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definitively

no

it is difficult

to say

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DO YOU THINK THERE WILL BE NEW TERRORIST ACTS AND HOSTAGE TAKINGS IN LARGE RUSSIAN CITIES?

 

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definitively yes

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mostly yes

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mostly no

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definitively no

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it is difficult to say

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DO YOU CURRENTLY FEAR THAT YOU OR THOSE CLOSE TO YOU COULD BECOME VICTIMS OF A TERRORIST ACT?

 

I am

very afraid

I fear it

to an extent

I am sure

that  will not happen to me or to those close to me

I have not thought about it

it is difficult

to say

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WHAT DO YOU THINK IS MOST IMPORTANT IN INCIDENTS WHEN TERRORISTS TAKE PEOPLE HOSTAGE AND DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNMENT CARRY OUT THEIR DEMANDS?

 

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avoid bloodshed at all cost even if it means carrying out the terrorists’ demands

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eliminate the terrorists even if it causes casualties 

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it is difficult to say

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TO WHAT DO YOU THINK THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT WILL ASPIRE IF TERRORISTS ONCE AGAIN TAKE PEOPLE HOSTAGE AND DEMAND THAT THE GOVERNMENT CARRY OUT THEIR DEMANDS?

 

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avoid bloodshed at all cost even if it means carrying out the terrorists’ demands

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eliminate the terrorists even if it causes casualties 

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it is difficult to say

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Translated by the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies.