In an interview to Tyzhden.ua Director of Democratic Initiatives Fund Iryna Bekeshkina stated that Inter and the First National TV Channels plus several websites have published the polling results of the Institute of Ukrainian Regional Development Research.
"This Institute does exist but it is doubtful if it ever conducted any polls. Its website does not provide any information about it. The last information on the website appeared in Fall of 2009," noted Bekeshkina.
Moreover, according to her this information was presented by Volodymyr Zemlyakov who is not introduced as the company's representative. "He was introduced as the head of sociology projects which have never existed. That is, he has nothing to do with sociology," added she.
Meanwhile, the Institute is mentioned as a place of work of #65 on Klitschko's election list Ivan Nadein. And Zemlyakov is Nadein's subordinate in Ukrainian Association of Alternative Hard Fuel Producers," said the expert.
"It is interesting that the results of this poll differ from others in placing Klitschko's party in the second place. This is a way of imposing an idea to vote for a new force."
"Notice the fact that the information went n the air of Inter and the First National channels. Pinchuk's channels (oligarch who owns 4 TV channels) have not run the story. It was shown where Shuvalov is a consultant (political strategist Shuvalov often called the father of black PR on Ukrainian TV in 2003-2004)." said Bekeshkina.
"I am not sure that it is Nadein. Possibly it is not him." she added.
On September 18, the Institute of Ukrainian Regional Development Research held a press conference that showed the following results:
Party of Regions - 23.8%
Strike - 15.7%
Btkivschyna United Opposition 14.6%
Communist Party - 9.5%
Ukraine Ahead! - 6.5%
Undecided - 19%
Other political powers do not pass the 5% limit.