Lev Gudkov: "This practically means the imposition of political censorship and the impossibility of independent polls."

posted 11 Sep 2016, 07:42 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 11 Sep 2016, 07:42 ]
"The consequences of such a decision for us are devastating - with such a label, we won't be able to work. This practically means the imposition of political censorship and the impossibility of independent polls. It's the typical behaviour of this repressive regime."

- Lev Gudkov, director of the Levada Centre

As the BBC reported on 5 September 2016: 'Russia's leading independent polling agency has been labelled a "foreign agent" by the justice ministry and says it cannot now work. The Levada Centre surveys political opinion among Russian people. Its director, Lev Gudkov, said the move, which comes two weeks before parliamentary elections, amounted to "political censorship". Laws require all NGOs receiving any overseas funding to register as foreign agents and so face restrictions. The Levada Centre cannot now conduct any work linked to the election campaign.'

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Source: 'Russia's Levada Centre polling group named foreign agent,' BBC, 5 September 2016 [Agence France-Presse news agency]
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