MOSCOW, November 22. /TASS/. The Federation Council on Wednesday at its meeting approved the regulations on the mass media acting as foreign agents. Voted for the document 154 Senator, one abstained.
The provisions of the law allow us to recognize the media by noagenda if it receives funding from abroad. After the acquisition of the status of ieagent on media will be subject to the restrictions and obligations set now for – profit organizations – “foreign agents”; they also will face the same for these NGOs responsible for the violation of the law. The adopted rules were a response to the request of the US Department of justice, to RT America – the American branch of the Russian broadcaster to register as inherent in the United States.
As noted by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko, before the vote, there was a substantive exchange of views on this law. “I have instructed the Committee on constitutional legislation very carefully consider all comments on the law and make it public. We are serious in this law, the legal purity of the law, as well as an outdoor, not an emotional dialogue,” she said, adding that such a dialogue took place “and there is every reason to put [the law] to vote.”
The Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on constitutional legislation and state construction Andrey Klishas, in turn, noted that the adoption of the law on the recognition of the media acting as a foreign agent does not violate constitutional rights.
According to the Senator, the law does not impose any censorship, and establishes additional obligations in relation to the media, which can be recognized by noagenda. He stressed that the law does not apply to the Russian media, only foreign. “Our media cannot belong to foreign legal entities, therefore, based on the provisions of the act, these restrictions may be imposed on certain media, it depends on a particular situation in which our media will be abroad”, – said Klishas.