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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Poll: Chechens Blame Moscow

A majority of Chechens blame Moscow for the war in Chechnya, but few want to see separatists take power, according to a poll conducted by regional officials.

Some 62.5 percent of 1,000 residents surveyed by the Moscow-backed Chechen government's Press Ministry blamed federal authorities for "the tragic events in Chechnya," the Izvestia newspaper reported Tuesday. Almost the same number -- 61.8 percent -- said illegal actions by federal forces were the most acute problem facing the region.

But few Chechens place their hopes for the future on the rebels Moscow has been battling for much of the past decade, the poll indicates. One percent of respondents said they would like to see a rebel representative as president, according to Izvestia.

The largest number of respondents -- 36.3 percent -- said they would favor a member of Moscow's Chechen community as president. Some 19.5 percent said a representative of the federal government should head the region, while 16.5 percent said they favored the current administration. Some 26.7 percent were undecided.

Some 9.8 percent of respondents blamed separatists for events in Chechnya; 14.6 percent blamed Wahhabis, or Islamic fundamentalists. Separately, 27.7 percent said rebel activities were the biggest continuing problem.

Izvestia said 1,000 people throughout Chechnya were questioned for the poll. The newspaper gave no margin of error.