Why the Kremlin Hates Levada Centre

The Moscow Times publishes an opinion editorial by Daniel Treisman, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, writing that even if the Russian independent polling station, the Levada Centre, were to comply and register as a "foreign agent," which is understandably out of the question, this would certainly not end the organisation’s troubles. The article argues that if organisations are out of favour with the Kremlin, the authorities will find other pretexts to shut them down. The goal is not to end foreign dependence so much as to eradicate independence.

Friday, May 24, 2013