Almost half of Russians fear a third world war due to Moscow's worsening relations with the West, according to a new poll.
The survey, conducted by the independent Levada Center, found 48 percent of respondents felt opposing positions on the war in Syria could widen to a global conflict.
Ten percent of those polled "seriously fear" war while the remaining 38 percent had "some fears" about an eventual military conflict between Russia and the West.
Just over half of those asked however did support Moscow's current air campaign in Syria but only 18 percent said they followed the situation closely.
Another 52 percent of the 1,600 Russian adults polled across 48 different regions supported the Kremlin's Syria strikes and 49 percent thought Moscow should continue its involvement in the conflict.
The research body, which considers itself independent, was fined by a Russian court on October 26 for not registering as a "foreign agent".