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Enabling mutual understanding through translation of weekly sociological research conducted by Russia's most trusted independent polling center.

GIRS students from different degree programs at the Middlebury Institute translate public opinion polls produced by the Levada Center, a leading independent, nongovernmental polling and sociological research organization in Russia.

The polls address contemporary topics ranging from xenophobia and nationalist sentiments to the sanctions and the crisis in Ukraine, allowing students to sharpen their translation skills and to familiarize themselves with current attitudes among the Russian population on important issues. The enhanced understanding of Russian opinions on domestic and international issues students gain by translating this material will prepare them to craft more effective policy in their future careers.

The completed translations are posted on the Levada Center website, and the Russian-to-English translation work is supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

About the Levada Center

Levada Analytical Center is a Russian nongovernmental research organization that regularly conducts sociological research. It is one of the largest Russian centers in this field.

The staff includes experts in the fields of sociology, political science, economics, psychology, market research, public opinion polls, and organization of data processing. The team is guided by the principles of WAPOR and ESOMAR, and senior staff have been trained in the USA and Western Europe. The research team has been conducting regular public opinion polls across the country since 1988. Levada Center has a network of 67 regional offices and maintains partnerships with centers of public opinion research in the CIS and Baltic countries.

The center is named after the Russian sociologist Yuri Levada (1930–2006).