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Latest update : 2016-09-15

A 'foreign agent' in Russia: Independent pollster fights for survival

Denis Volkov is a sociologist and researcher at Russia's leading independent pollster, the Levada Center in Moscow. On September 5, the Russian ministry of justice slapped the label of "foreign agent" on the pollster because it says under a 2012 law it is one of a growing list of Russian non-profit and NGO organisations that either accept foreign funding or engage in what is loosely defined as "political activity". The move came less than two weeks before parliamentary elections in Russia.

Defiant, Denis Volkov tells FRANCE 24 he plans to continue his work in Moscow and will "use all legal methods" to fight the justice ministry's ruling.

By Douglas HERBERT


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