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Russia adds five people to its list of media "foreign agents"

Source : 112 Ukraine

Until now, the list had only contained the names of media outlets
20:56, 28 December 2020

Russian Federation
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Russia’s Ministry of Justice added five people, including veteran rights activist Lev Ponomaryov, to its list of media “foreign agents”. It was reported by Reuters.

Russia first passed a law in 2012 allowing it to label foreign-funded non-governmental organisations and rights groups it viewed as engaged in political activity as “foreign agents”.

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The law was later expanded to label “foreign agent” media outlets and independent journalists and bloggers. Rights groups say the law is open to abuse and has been used to stifle dissent and harass civil society groups.

On Monday, the justice ministry announced the addition of Ponomaryov, a longtime critic of President Vladimir Putin, to its list of media foreign agents alongside four other people, including a journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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Until now, the list had only contained the names of media outlets, including various regional services of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty as well as the Voice of America and a Czech outlet.

Rights groups and other organisations designated by the justice ministry as foreign agents can be subjected to spot checks and face bureaucratic scrutiny.

As we reported earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law, which forbids citizens with unexpunged or outstanding conviction conduction of independent anti-corruption expertise of laws and regulations and their drafts and non-profit organizations – “foreign agents”.

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