VTSIOM: more than half of Russians believe the arrest of the speaker accounts, and not the fight against corruption
More than half of Russians believe the arrest of the former Minister of economic development Alexei Ulyukayev revealing action. This is evidenced by the results of a survey conducted by the Russian centre for public opinion studies (VTSIOM).
That the arrest of the Minister is settling scores or conflict rival clans, believe 54% of respondents. Signs of a real struggle of the authorities with bribery in what happened I see 30%.
In the message of the Polls emphasizes that the arrest of speaker “caused a resonance in society.” According to sociologists, about the incident know more than three-quarters of Russian citizens (78%).
About half of Russians (46%) note the results of the work of the authorities in combating corruption, however important they are called only 13% and 33% consider it rather insignificant. The opposite view is held by 47%, including 25% of Russians who do not see any changes, and 22% of respondents who believe that the situation with bribery in the country is getting worse, corruption is enhanced.
The poll was conducted on 19-20 November among 1,600 residents of 130 localities in Russia, located in 46 regions, territories and republics of the eight Federal districts. The statistical error does not exceed 3.5%.
Alexei Ulyukayev was arrested on 14 November on suspicion in extortion and receiving a bribe of $ 2 million for the Ministry of economic development issued a positive evaluation, which allowed Rosneft to acquire state-owned shares “Bashneft”. Basmanny court of Moscow sent officials under house arrest until 15 January, and the President removed him from his post due to “loss of confidence”.
After the arrest Ulyukayev, former Finance Minister and now Deputy Chairman of the Economic Council under the President of Russia Alexei Kudrin called the incident “a great tragedy” and did not rule out an error in the work of law enforcement. He also pointed out the doubtful points in the arrest of the speaker.
Doubts about the conduct of the investigation Ulyukayev expressed the head of the Council on human rights under the President of Russia (HRC) Mikhail Fedotov, who called on the authorities to declassify and disclose photographs, video and audio recordings relating to the charges of receiving bribes by the Minister. Meanwhile, in the Kremlin assured that the arrest of the speaker is not connected neither with the policy nor with the economy.