Mail.Ru Group can highlight your news aggregator in a separate structure

Mail.Ru Group can highlight your news aggregator in a separate structure


MOSCOW, February 26. Mail.Ru Group can highlight your news aggregator in a separate structure in the case of adoption of law, news aggregators equated to mass media/

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This statement was made by managing Director and group Finance Director Matthew Hammond during a conference call for investors.

“Even if the bill is passed in the form in which yesterday was covered by the media, we have several options. We can allocate a news aggregator of our overall structure. We can change the structure in order to comply with the law, we have this opportunity,” he said.

According to him, no economic effect for the shareholders of the company will not.

A bill aggregators

The draft law, equating the major news services to the media and force them to answer for the accuracy of published information, was submitted to the Duma on 25 February. It was sponsored by deputies Alexey Kazakov (“Fair Russia”) and Alexander Yushchenko (CPRF).

“The provisions of the bill provide for the imposition on the owner of news aggregator liability for disseminated information, including if it is literal reproduction of messages and materials or their fragments distributed by the mass media”, – stated in the accompanying documents.

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“Provides for the establishment of the registry Roskomnadzor news aggregators. In case of detection in the aggregator of the facts of falsification of socially significant information, spreading false news of public interest information under the guise of reliable reports, as well as with violation of the legislation of the Russian Federation, the public authorities may apply to Roskomnadzor with a reasonable requirement to take measures to stop the dissemination of such information as stated in the explanatory Memorandum.

At the same time imposes a ban on the possession of a news aggregator foreign States, international organizations and under their control organizations, foreign legal entities, Russian legal entities with foreign participation, foreign citizens, stateless persons, Russian citizens who have citizenship of another state. “In addition, the share of these persons in the authorized capital of the entity, which is a participant (member, shareholder) of the owner of news aggregator is limited to 20 percent”, – stated in the accompanying documents.