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Russia Blacklists Independent Pollster as ‘Foreign Agent’

Russia's justice ministry has branded Russia's only major private pollster a "foreign agent," a stigma that could lead to its closure. The ministry issued a statement Monday evening saying that the Levada polling agency has been listed as a “foreign agency” after a snap inspection found some irregularities. Following major protests against his rule in 2011 and 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law that requires all NGOs receiving foreign funding and...

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