MOSCOW, July 3. /TASS/. A natural person may be recognized by the media, acting as a foreign agent, in the case of receiving financing from abroad and the dissemination of information media-invagent. This was stated to journalists by the Chairman of profile Committee of the state Duma on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin, talking about amendments to a bill recommended for adoption in the second reading.
“As for fears that any blogger or user that reprinted the information of the media inherent, may be fined, we said, that physical person has been recognized by noagenda, not just census information,” – said the MP.
“It is necessary [for status] to receive funds from abroad and to disseminate information to the media-noagent”, – he explained, adding that “these funds shall be transferred from various foreign companies whose activities fall under government relations or with the media-registered as a foreign agent”.
For its part, the co-author of the amendments, the Deputy speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy stressed that the creation of the bill was a necessary measure. “It’s not our desire and our initiative, it would be nice if we didn’t have such laws to develop, he said. Is retaliation”. “It’s not a law of direct action, he gives Executive powers to respond to the infringement of our colleagues in other countries,” he added.
“It will happen on the submission of the Prosecutor General and the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. They have to form a list in response to hostile actions against our journalists,” – said Tolstoy. To administer the list will be the justice Ministry, said the Deputy.
“From the point of view of the additional protection of individuals against the random solutions, we took away these powers from the Ministry of justice and handed over to the General Prosecutor’s office, which will decide together with the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation”, – said Levin amendment. – From our point of view, any decisions in this sphere must be carried out namely with the participation of the Ministry of foreign Affairs”.
The content of other amendments
In the case that “any physical person cooperates with the media-noagenda, has a financial relationship, it can also be recognized by noagenda”, confirmed the head of the Duma Committee. “In this case, he will not have to record here the legal entity that will act as a natural person under the law on NGOs-registered as a foreign agent – the core of our law – and to submit reports to the Ministry of justice within the framework of the reporting forms that exist in the law on registered as a foreign agent”, – he said.
Listing other areas of the bill elaboration for the second reading, Levin said that the deputies proposed to exclude the measure on “extrajudicial blocking of legitimate sites that distribute media materials-registered as a foreign agent without label”.
“Also, the question was asked why disappeared from the bill the provision on the 15-day to correct information, he stated. – A reminder that we are after now is not the Ministry of justice and the Prosecutor General’s office and the foreign Ministry will make a decision on making a person in the list of media registered as a foreign agent, is given 30 days to register or the creation of a legal entity (in Russia – approx. TASS). Only if it fails to comply with this requirement, it imposed a fine”. “We believe that 30 days is sufficient to result in compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation all the rules, so the additional 15 days on execution of what a given month, leave is not necessary”, – concluded the politician.
The law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent
At the end of 2017 in Russia was adopted the law on mass media acting as foreign agents. It allows you to recognize the media by noagenda if it receives funding from abroad. To the development and Supplement of this law, the state Duma, on 12 January 2018 and adopted in the first reading the bill which obliges the mass media acting as foreign agents to work in Russia to establish a Russian legal entity, and allows to recognize the media-noagenda individual. It was 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.
5 December 2017 it became known that the Ministry of justice of the Russian Federation recognized registered as a foreign agent of the nine media. This “Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty” (RFE/RL), the channel “Real time”, the Tatar-Bashkir service of “Radio Liberty” (Azatliq Orthodox radio of St. Petersburg), “Siberia. Realities”, “Idel. Realities”, “Pictograph”, “The Caucasus. Realities”, “The Crimea. Realities”.