Russians Still Consider Estonia Among Most Hostile Countries (9)
Estonia was ranked as the fifth least friendly country to Russia in a May survey, despite the thaw in bilateral relations that came with border treaty negotiations and the increase in Russian tourist numbers.
Conducted by the independent Levada-Center NGO, the annual survey asks residents of Russia to name the five countries that are the most unfriendly and hostile to Russia.
In this year's results, the US edged out Georgia, which had held the top spot for the previous four years - ever since the Russia and Georgia briefly went to war in August 2008. Estonia's Baltic neighbors Latvia and Lithuania occupied the third and fourth positions, respectively.
Estonia was named the most hostile country to Russia in 2007, around the time of relocation of the controversial Bronze Soldier Red Army monument in Tallinn, a move that became a cause célèbre in Russia and sparked riots in the Estonian capital.
The same survey found that Russians are most likely to choose Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Ukraine and Germany as the countries most friendly to their nation.
The survey polled 1,600 people in 130 population centers around Russia and has a statistical error of 3.4 percent.