Tuesday, 14 July, 2020

Russia To Label Journalists As Foreign Agents Under New Law

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint video conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a joint video conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping Monday
Deanna Wagner | 04 December, 2019, 11:05

The new law makes it possible to apply the foreign agent label to individuals, specifically to those who spread content from media or other organizations determined to be foreign agents and who receive any kind of funding from a foreign or foreign-financed source.

Another law signed by Putin Monday is a bill that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today signed new legislation requiring all smartphones, computers, and smart TVs sold in the country to come pre-installed with Russian software, reports Reuters.

The move has been criticized as a further restriction on freedom of expression and allowing authorities to crack down on dissent.

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It's clear from his remark that the Russian legislation is a response to the sudden prominence of foreign-agent registration, a beforehand obscure requirement greatest recognized to skilled lobbyists, within the Donald Trump-Russia investigations of particular counsel Robert Mueller.

Moreover, the law envisages fines varying from 2 to 6 million rubles for repeated refusal of legal entities to hand over encryption keys to the Federal Security Service (FSB).

A small variety of media organizations - for now, simply these funded by the U.S. Congress, akin to Voice of America and Radio Liberty - have been designated as overseas brokers, too.

The term foreign agent was used negatively during the Stalinist era in the 1970s and 1980s for opponents accused of being paid by the West.