Bloody pollsters

The Moscow Times reports:

Russia’s Justice Ministry has declared the independent pollster the Levada Center to be a “foreign agent,” saying the decision to blacklist the center followed an unscheduled inspection of Levada’s documents

[…T]he organization will likely be forced to close down, if it is unable to appeal the Justice Ministry’s decision.

With less than two weeks to go until the Duma election scheduled for September 18, some brainiacs in the Old Square fear that unbiased poll results would lure voters away from United Russia.

Belief in the swaying power of opinion polls has also spread across the  Channel and the Atlantic, where – typically – it is helping polling companies thrive and multiply rather than decimating them.

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