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● 87 per­cent of Rus­sians have con­fi­dence in Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin to “do the right thing re­gard­ing world af­fairs.”

● 85 per­cent say a “strong Rus­sia” is ne­c­es­sary to bal­ance the in­flu­ence of the West.

● 73 per­cent say tra­di­tional Rus­sian val­ues “con­flict with those of the West.”

● 59 per­cent say Rus­sia plays a more im­por­tant role in the world now than it did 10 years ago.

● 59 per­cent say the dis­so­lu­tion of the Soviet Union has been a “bad thing” for Rus­sia.

● 56 per­cent say Rus­sia should be “more re­spected around the world.”

Source: A Pew Re­search Cen­ter Global At­ti­tudes sur­vey of 1,002 Rus­sian adults con­ducted face-to-face from Feb. 18 to April 3 and re­leased Tues­day.

● Com­plaints and clever asides to jharper@wash­ing­ton­times.com

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