Almost 70 percent of Russians admitted there were
"tensions" between Muscovites and residents of other regions,
according to a survey by state-run pollster VTsIOM.
"Two thirds of Russians believe that tensions exist
between Muscovites and residents of other regions (68 percent). Every fourth
respondent disagrees with the stance (26 percent)," VTsIOM said Tuesday.
A total of 82 percent believe the capital thrives at the
expense of other Russian regions.
"Most Russians believe that Moscow exists mostly at the
expense of other regions. Surprisingly, 65 percent of respondents from Moscow
and St. Petersburg share this point of view. Only 13 percent disagree with the
statement," the pollster said.
Most Russians see Russia's two largest cities -- Moscow and
St. Petersburg -- as places with unfavourable conditions for children.
Every fourth respondent (24 percent) would like their
children to live in towns and small cities, while 22 percent would favour a
large city, but not the capital.
Only 15 and nine percent would like their children to live
in Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively.
The survey was conducted Aug 25-26 among 1,600 respondents
in 138 Russian cities and towns.