The Levada center that September 5 was declared a foreign agent, will continue, said the Deputy Director of the center Alexei Grazhdankin.
“The inclusion of an organization in the list of foreign agents does not put an end to its activities, so we will continue our work”, — quotes its words “Interfax”. Grazhdankin added that now the organization prepares objections to the decision of the Ministry of justice.
“Another thing is that the label of inherent could adversely affect our business, the perception of respondents,” — he said, promising that Levada-the centre will take all steps in order to be removed from the list of foreign agents.
“Honestly, I do not really understand why the Ministry of justice have declared noagenda without hearing our arguments,” said Grazhdankin.
In the middle of July movement “anti-Maidan” appealed to the Ministry of justice with the requirement to verify the fact of receipt of foreign grants” the analytical center of Yuri Levada. The activists claimed that the centre continues to conduct research through the Department of defense by order of the University of Wisconsin and allegedly received from the United States more than $120 thousand, Then Director Lev Gudkov called these statements “a pure lie” and “fraud”.
Monday, September 5, the Ministry of justice reported the inclusion of research institutions in the registry of non-commercial organizations performing functions of a foreign agent”. The Department argued that the fact of compliance by the Levada Center featured non-profit organizations performing functions of “foreign agent”, was installed during unscheduled documentary verification. The forum welcomed this decision.
After the announcement of the inclusion of the centre in the list of registered as a foreign agent Gudkov said that if organizations do not manage to challenge this decision, it will have to cease operations. He also said that does not bind verification with the upcoming elections.
In turn, the head of the Council on human rights under the President of Russia, Mikhail Fedotov, said that in order to lose the status of a foreign agent, the centre is enough to change the status from non-profit organizations on a commercial.