Statement by Director of the Levada Center Professor Lev Gudkov

posted 21 May 2013, 11:17 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 21 May 2013, 11:27 ]
20 May 2013

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The Levada Centre has received a warning from the Savelovskaya Interdistrict Prosecutor of Moscow, the gist of which is that publishing the results of opinion polls influences public opinion and is therefore a political not a social science activity. This statement by Director of the Levada Center Professor Lev Gudkov is in response to this. 

"The letter received from the interdistrict prosecutor about 'circumstances leading to violations of the federal legislation' (specifically the law on foreign agents) and the warning about the inadmissibility of violating the federal legislation that followed puts the Autonomous Non-Profit Organisation the Yuri Levada Analytical Centre in an extremely difficult position, practically forcing it to cease its activity as an independent sociological research organisation conducting systematic polls of public opinion in Russia." [Read more