Sixty-two percent of Russians oppose the idea of giving Russia’s regions and republics a constitutional right to secede from the Federation. In a poll conducted in early November by the VCIOM polling organization, 20 percent of respondents were in favor and 18 percent were undecided. Those opposed tended to be better educated and in professional and managerial posts, whereas blue-collar workers and unemployed people tended to favor the right to secession. (Interfax, November 10)
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