MOSCOW, September 4 (RIA Novosti)
Almost 70 percent of Russians admitted "tensions" between Muscovites and residents of other Russian regions, a survey by the state-run pollster VTsIOM shows.
“Two thirds of Russians believe that tensions exist between Muscovites and residents of other regions (68 percent). Every fourth respondent disagrees with the stance (26 percent),” VTsIOM said in the results of its survey, published on Tuesday.
A total of 82 percent of Russians believe that the capital thrives at the expense of other Russian regions.
“Most Russians believe that Moscow exists mostly at the expense of other regions. Surprisingly, 65 percent of respondents from Moscow and St. Petersburg share this point of view. Only 13 percent disagree with the statement,” the pollster said.
Most Russians see Russia’s two largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, as places with unfavorable conditions for their children.
Every fourth respondent (24 percent) would like their children to live in towns and small cities, while 22 percent would favor a large city, but not the capital. Only 15 and 9 percent would like their children to live in Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively.
The survey was conducted on August 25-26, among 1,600 respondents in 138 Russian cities and towns. The margin of error is below 3.4 percent.
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