26 December 2012, 13:44

Putin heads list of Russia's elite – poll

Putin heads list of Russia's elite – poll

Two thirds of Russians have named the country’s incumbent President Vladimir Putin as the figurehead of the Russian elite, a survey has revealed.

The opinion poll conducted by the Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) in 138 cities and towns across 46 regions showed that the Russian strongman's rating had gained eleven percent in the list of the nation’s crème de la crème, rising from last year’s 58% to 64% in 2012.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev came second, supported by 41% of responders, while Russia’s new Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu’s rating skyrocketed to 30% from 2% in 2011.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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