MOSCOW, 5 December (BelTA) – Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev top the CIS leaders' approval rating in Russia. Alexander Lukashenko's approval rating is 62%; that of Nursultan Nazarbayev is 56%, reads the press release of the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VtsIOM).
According to the survey, Belarus and Kazakhstan enjoy the strongest support of Russians among the CIS states. As many as 60% of those polled believe that Belarus is the most stable and successful country in the CIS. It is followed by Kazakhstan (41%).
As many as 64% of Russians believe that Belarus is the key partner of their country in the international arena. Kazakhstan is second with 57%.
As many as 66% of Russian people believe that Belarus does a great job securing the rights of Russian-speaking citizens. Just to compare: Belarus' rating was 27% in 2010. Kazakhstan came second with 38%, up from 18% in 2013.
VtsIOM carried out the poll by telephone on 17-18 November. The survey involved 1,200 people.