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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

1998 Tougher for Most

MOSCOW -- To eight out of 10 Russians, 1998 was a harder year than 1997, according to poll results issued Monday. Not surprisingly, Russians said the country's economic crash was the most important event of the year.

Only 3 percent of the 1,600 people polled nationwide by the Public Opinion Fund said this year was easier than last year. Eighty-two percent said it was harder, Interfax reported.

The Public Opinion Fund compared the results to a similar poll conducted 10 years ago, when Russia was still part of the Soviet Union. Then, 79 percent said the year had been harder than the previous one.

In this year's poll, respondents were asked to name the three most important events of the year. Top was the Aug. 17 economic crash, named by 43 percent of respondents, followed by the killing of liberal political leader Galina Starovoitova with 32 percent and the resumption of high inflation at 30 percent.