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Majority of Russians support reunification with Crimea, poll finds

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The majority of Russians (86%) believe that the 2014 decision to integrate the Crimean peninsula into Russia was correct, and 56% of respondents feel proud of the reunification of the territories, according to a poll produced by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) showed on Saturday.

According to the survey, 53% of respondents who find the decision correct said that Crimea is a native Russian land, 9% of respondents said that the decision was stipulated by the will of Crimean residents, and 6% of people Respondents said that the move was related to the nationality of the population.

Meanwhile, 14% of respondents expressed admiration when asked about their opinion on Crimea’s incorporation into Russia, while 5% of respondents said the decision caused negative emotions , according to the survey.

The survey added that 71% of respondents found reunification beneficial for Russia, and 76% said the region began to develop more successfully after its incorporation into the country.

The All-Russian VCIOM-Sputnik telephone survey was conducted on March 14 among 1,600 Russian adults, with a margin of error not exceeding 2.5%.

Crimea became part of independent Ukraine after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 and was integrated into Russia after a referendum in 2014. Ukraine does not recognize the results of the referendum and considers Crimea a territory temporarily occupied by Russia.

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