Russians Approve of Putin’s Criticism of Ministers – Survey

MOSCOW, October 11 (RIA Novosti) – Most of Russians approved of President Vladimir Putin’s criticism of education, regional development and labor ministers, a survey by the state-run pollster VTsIOM said.

Last month Putin ordered Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to reprimand Regional Development Minister Oleg Govorun, Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov and Labor Minister Maxim Topilin for not implementing presidential decrees.

While only 11 percent or respondents said they heard about Putin’s criticism of ministers’ work, 84 percent approved of the presidential actions in regard to the officials.

Four percent of the surveyed said Putin was wrong and 12 percent said they had no answer.

The survey was conducted on October 6-7, among 1,600 respondents in 46 Russian residential areas.

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