Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 3 Issue: 33

During the charged period of October 25-28, the polling organization The All Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM) asked a nationwide sample a question it has been repeatedly posing since January 2000: “Do you consider that it is necessary to continue the military operation in Chechnya or to begin peaceful negotiations with the Chechen leadership?” The result: “continue the operation, 46 percent; enter negotiations, 45 percent; don’t know, 9 percent” (, October 30).