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14.11.2007

How Russians view their human rights situation

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From 19-23 October 2007 the Levada Centre carried out a public survey among adult members of the Russian Federation, asking 1,600 people in total.  The following reports the information which the Levada Centre itself presents on its site, giving a comparison to the results of previous surveys where relevant.   The margin of error does not exceed 3%.

Do you think that human rights are violated in Russia at present?

Definitely / Probably, yes

72

Probably / Definitely not

16

I don’t know

12

Do you think that human rights abuses in Russia over recent years have become more widespread, less, or there’s been no change?

more

24

less

24

Nothing’s changed

37

I don’t know

15

Do you think that in Russia at the present time there are political prisoners (people convicted for their political views or their wish to take part in political life?

May 2004

June 2005

March 2007

October 2007

Definitely / Probably, yes

51

49

44

40

Probably / Definitely not

29

29

27

30

I don’t know

20

22

29

30

Do you think that torture is used at present in Russia to beat confessions out of people suspected of having committed a crime?

Definitely / Probably, yes

59

Probably / Definitely not

18

I don’t know

23

Do you think the use of torture to beat confessions out of people suspected of having committed a crime is justified?

Definitely / Probably, yes

11

Probably / Definitely not

72

I don’t know

17

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