93% of Russians believe the armed forces can protect their country from any threat – poll


November 9, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

MOSCOW, Russia – 93% of Russians said the Russian Armed Forces would be able to protect the country from an invasion, according to survey conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center.

“Assessments of the combat readiness of the Russian Armed Forces are close to maximum possible figures. A total of 93% of Russians are certain that, in the event of a real threat from other countries, the army will be able to protect us,” the pollster said.

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“Today, the army is one of the most respected state institutions in the eyes of Russian society. Its support and approval are based on Russians’ confidence that, in the event of a real external military threat, the Armed Forces will be able to effectively handle the task of protecting the people and the country, particularly thanks to the successful weapons modernization drive,” Konstantin Abramov, Director General of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center Foundation, said commenting on the survey’s results. 

“Our citizens speak highly of Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu and his contribution to boosting the army’s prestige and combat capabilities. Our fellow countrymen believe he has been the most popular and effective minister over the past years,” he revealed.

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