MOSCOW, December 23. The state Duma adopted a law that requires Russian media to report on funding from abroad and sets for repeated violation of this requirement, the penalties are multiples of the amounts received.
The new rules will apply to the media, broadcasters and publishers. They will be required to report the receipt of funds from foreign States, international and foreign organizations, NGOs – “foreign agents” of foreign nationals as well as Russian organizations established by foreigners.
The media will need to send notifications to Roscomnadzor once a quarter not later than the tenth day of the month following the reporting period.
The law does not apply to cases of obtaining money from advertising, from the spread of mass media products, i.e. membership subscriptions. Also introduced minimum reporting threshold: 15 thousand rubles at a time.
Roskomnadzor will be obliged to post information provided to the press, broadcasters, publishers, about getting funds from foreign sources, on its official website.
The reporting requirements will not apply to media outlets established in accordance with international treaties of the Russian Federation, for example, the TV company “Mir”.
Earlier, the head of the Duma Committee on Informatica Leonid Levin emphasized that the changes made in the document adjustments to the maximum extent take into account the wishes of the media industry.
So, “a key story for the media is the exclusion of liability in the form of a termination of the media,” he said, Recalling that in the original version of this text was proposed sanction in case of repeated violation during the year. In the new edition of repeated violation the penalty from 60 thousand to 80 thousand for individuals and for legal entities – from three times to four times the amount of the funds of which it was necessary to notify, explained Levin.
The penalty for a single violation will not change and will range from 30 thousand to 50 thousand rbl. of a fine for officials and an amount equal to the cash received for legal entities.