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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poll: Russians Disliked Primakov Ouster

Am overwhelming 81 percent of Russians disapproved of President Boris Yeltsin's decision to oust Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov, according to a poll released Thursday.

Of 1,500 people polled across Russia, just 8 percent supported Yeltsin's sacking of the prime minister last week, according to a poll by Russia's Public Opinion Fund that was carried by Interfax.

Interfax did not mention a margin of error for the poll, which was conducted May 15 - two days after Primakov was fired and replaced with a Yeltsin loyalist, Interior Minister Sergei Stepashin.

Primakov was seen as one of Russia's least corrupt politicians and was widely liked among the Russian populace and in the opposition-dominated parliament.

Stepashin won easy confirmation in the State Duma, lower house of parliament, Wednesday.