Polling Group in Russia Says It May Close

Monday, May 20, 2013

The country’s only independent polling agency has been accused under a new law of overtly political activity, due in part to a series of grants it has received from the MacArthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Institute Foundation.

In recent years, when public opinion turned against the Kremlin, there was one main way to find out about it — the Levada Center, a respected group of sociologists who broke off their relationship with Vladimir V. Putin’s administration and set up the country’s only independent polling agency...

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