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Russian Federation Council approves law on foreign agents
16:32, 22 November 2017
Russian Federation Council approves law on foreign agents

The law was approved at all three readings by the State Duma on November 15

16:32, 22 November 2017

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The Federation Council of Russia approved the law on the recognition of the foreign mass media as the foreign agents. 154 MPs supported the law and it will be submitted for the sign of Vladimir Putin, the Russian President as Radio Liberty reported.

Valentina Matviyenko, the Head of the Federation Council claimed that the law was worked out after the criticism by the Council for Human Rights and only after that it was adopted. Earlier the law was approved at all three readings by the State Duma on November 15.

Related: OSCE condemns restrictions against media considered ‘foreign agents’ in Russia, U.S.

Also, the Ministry of Justice sent the warning letters to the departments of the Radio Liberty in Russia right after the adoption of the law. However, the restrictions that can be imposed on the news agency are not specified.

As we reported earlier the list of the foreign agents include the ‘Voice of America’, ‘Radio Liberty’, CNN, Deutsche Welle.

Related: Russia recognizes news agencies sponsored by US as foreign agents

This law was provided as the tit-for-tat measure towards the US actions against the Russia Today America TV Channel when the US Ministry of Justice demanded from it to register as the foreign agent.

As it was reported earlier Petr Tolstoy, the Vice Speaker of State Duma of Russia claimed that the representatives of four parties agreed on the amendments to the Russian legislation towards the ranking of the foreign mass media to the foreign agents.

‘The mass media registered in the territory of another state or receiving money or other funds from the foreign establishments can be recognized as the foreign agents regardless their legal organization form’, Tolstoy said.

Related: Russian State Duma allows to recognize foreign media as foreign agents

Moreover, it is provided to implement the duty of such mass media to mark their belonging to this category.

Also, he claimed that the draft law on the mass media as the foreign agents does not provide the automatic award of the status of the foreign agent to all foreign mass media. However, if mass media which falls under this status refuses to register it will be banned from the work in Russia.

Related: Russian media: Mass arrests of "leadership, employees of LNR prosecutor's office"

Later the MPs of the State Duma of the Russian Federation on November 15 supported the amendment, which legitimizes the recognition of foreign media as foreign agents.

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