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"Foreign agents" banned from holding anti-corruption expertise in Russia

Media funded from abroad are considered foreign agents in Russia
11:17, 16 October 2018

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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”, as Interfax reports.

“According to the law, the international and foreign organizations lose an opportunity to conduct such expertise. The citizens who were fired because of loss of trust for committing a corruption crime and were included in a respective registry of people dismissed for loss of trust are also not allowed to carry out this expertise,” the message says.

Related: Ukraine's Anti-Corruption body orders writ to Energy Minister and Head of State Property Fund

Citizens who work in state authority bodies, local government entities, state corporations, who conduct such expertise themselves, will not have an opportunity to hold it.

In 2017, Russian State Duma people deputies adopted an amendment on the possibility to recognize international media as foreign agents if they are being funded from abroad.

Related: Ukraine's security service to investigate conflict of anti-corruption bodies

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