Died Deputy Director of “Levada-center” Alexei Grazhdankin

Died Deputy Director of “Levada-center” Alexei Grazhdankin

Tonight, after a heart attack on 58-m to year of life has died the Deputy Director “Levada-center” Alexei Grazhdankin. About this “Kommersant” reported his wife Natalia Grazhdankina. According to preliminary information, the funeral will be held on Tuesday July 11.

Alexei Grazhdankin was one of the founders of the first all-Union Centre of studying of public opinion in the late 1980-ies (VTSIOM; since 1991 — all-Russia centre of studying of public opinion).

“I knew a long time ago, since when he finished pcipac MSU and we worked in the Department of sociology of the scientific research Institute of technical aesthetics of design”, — said “Kommersant” the Director “Levada-center” Lev Gudkov. Both were invited Yuri Levada, who came to the polls in 1988 (Yuri Levada died in 2006).

“From 1991-1992, Alexei Grazhdankin took the lead in organizing our surveys, it is actually from the beginning were all coordination of research activities and in the “first VTSIOM” and then in “Levada-center”. When we started the run in 2003 and it’s gone in a new research Levada center, Alexei Ivanovich went with them. In another question, not even standing, says Mr. Gudkov.— He has become the engine of the new factory. It kept all the technology work.”

Alexei Grazhdankin is a man of incredible ability to work, say his colleagues. But still “he was one of the founders of the special atmosphere” in the “Levada-center” Lev Gudkov says.

“Another man just no,” he said.

“His credibility and professionalism in the sociological and pollsters community is undeniable. Without his knowledge, abilities and subtle human understanding, the Centre would not have achieved the academic and public reputation, which he now has”, — stated in the message of “Levada-center”.