Moscow, December 29, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia was listed among five best Russians of the expiring year.
According to the poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center in 140 Russian towns and cities on December 19-20, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as before holds the first place in rating of Russian elite: 67 percent of Russians included him in elite in 2009.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has strengthened his positions among Russian elite as his rating has increased up to 50.64 percent.
Popular singer Alla Pugacheva occupies the third place, the poll says.
Russian elite top ten also includes Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (15.12 percent), head of the Emergency Situations Ministry Sergey Shoygu (15.12 percent), Liberal Democratic Leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (10.75 percent), film director Nikita Mikhalkov (8.74 percent) and others. Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov (6.47 percent) rounds up the top ten.
The Russian elite first quarter includes football player Andrey Arshavin (5.92 percent), Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov (5.19 percent), businessman Roman Abramovich (3.83 percent), St. Petersburg Mayor Valentina Matviyenko (3.64 percent) and other renowned compatriots.