Seventy-three percent of Russian citizens recently interviewed by the Levada Center believe that in a situation similar to the 2002 seizure of the crowded Dubrovka theater by terrorists, the top priority is to prevent bloodshed at any cost.
Meanwhile, 16 percent of respondents said that terrorists should be neutralized even if casualties cannot be avoided, and 20 percent of those polled were undecided, Levada Center sociologists told Interfax.
Forty-nine percent of respondents still believe that the authorities have been hiding some part of the truth about the events that occurred 12 years ago, 9 percent believe that the authorities have told everything about the Dubrovka attack, 19 percent believe that the authorities have been hiding the whole truth about that situation, and 20 percent were undecided, the center's sociologists said.
The survey was conducted in 46 Russian regions on September 26-29 and involved 1,630 people.
Forty-seven percent of respondents said that Russian security services were successfully combating terrorism today, as compared with 42 percent in 2013, 36 percent of those polled took the opposite view, and 18 percent were unable to answer this question.
More than 900 people were taken hostage by terrorists during a Nord Ost musical performance at the Dubrovka theater on October 22, 2002. After three days of negotiations, security services raided the building early on October 26. All terrorists were killed in the operation. As many as 130 hostages died as well.
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