Yury Levada, in an undated file photo (epa)
November 16, 2006 -- Yury Levada, Russia's foremost sociologist, has died at the age of 76.
Levada began his career under Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, who allowed him to carry out the country's first comprehensive public opinion surveys.
Purged under Leonid Brezhnev, Levada returned to prominence under Mikhail Gorbachev, establishing the All-Union Center For the Study Of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), which tracked the public mood as the Soviet Union collapsed and in its aftermath.
Levada died at his workplace in Moscow, of an unspecified heart ailment.
Demonstrators in Moscow carry a coffin with a television in it to protest government control over broadcasting (TASS file photo)
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