(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Many adults in Russia are opposed to any kind of negotiation with terrorists, according to a poll by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center. 75 per cent of respondents believe that terrorism can only be eradicated by defeating the terrorists.

Chechen rebels have tried to secede from the Russian Federation since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Several terrorist incidents in Russia have been blamed on the loose group, including two airplane crashes, a suicide bombing in Moscow and the assassination of Chechnya’s president Akhmad Kadyrov in May 2004.

In September 2004, militants took control of a middle school in Beslan, North Ossetia. The three-day siege left 344 civilians dead, including 172 children. Chechen separatist leader Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for the attack. Basayev died in an explosion in July 2006.

On Mar. 29, at least 40 people died and 100 more were injured after two suicide bombers targeted the Lubyanka and Park Kultury metro stations in Moscow. Two days later, Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the attacks.

On Apr. 1, Russian president Dmitry Medvedev vowed to defeat terrorism, saying, "We have twisted off the heads of the most odious bandits, but it looks like this is not enough. Perhaps the list of measures—and not only for our country, but in general—should be broadened to become not only more effective but also harsher and, if you wish, more brutal to prevent terrorist attacks."

Polling Data

Which of these two points of view is closer to your own?

 

2010

2002

Terrorism can only be eradicated by defeating the terrorists

75%

70%

It is necessary to negotiate with terrorists and find solutions

16%

23%

Not sure

9%

7%

Source: Russian Public Opinion Research Center
Methodology: Interviews with 1,600 Russian adults, conducted on Apr. 3 and Apr. 4, 2010. Margin of error is 3.4 per cent.