"Activities are suspended, you can put it that way," Levada-Center Director Lev Gudkov told RIA Novosti.
Gudkov said his center had until Thursday, September 15, to file its appeal with the ministry. Afterward, he said the ministry could issue a protocol on the cancellation of administrative violations because Levada did not voluntarily register as a foreign agent.
"Then we will try to challenge this act in court," the director stressed.
In July 2012, a law was passed in Russia requiring non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are engaged in political activities and receive funding from abroad to register as "foreign agents" and to label all their publications as such. The law came into force in November 2012.