Putin signs foreign agent media bill in Russia
The new law stipulates that private persons can also be recognized as foreign media performing the functions of a foreign agent.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law expanding the list of media outlets that can be recognized as foreign agents. The document was published on the official Internet portal of legal information, reports TASS.
Currently, the media, announced by the foreign agent, is obliged to comply with all restrictions and obligations established for NPOs. – foreign agents. The new law stipulates that private individuals can also be recognized as foreign media performing the functions of a foreign agent if they distribute messages or materials (including on the Internet) intended for an unlimited number of people and receive funding from abroad. We can talk about both monetary funds and property received from foreign states, as well as international and foreign organizations..
The Ministry of Justice is empowered to maintain a register of foreign media outlets performing the functions of a foreign agent. The decision to include in this register or to exclude from it information about a foreign media outlet performing the functions of a foreign agent is made by the Ministry of Justice in agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia..
To work in the Russian Federation, a foreign media-foreign agent will be obliged to establish a Russian legal entity within one month from the date of receipt of the specified status, and also notify the relevant department.
The law provides for the possibility of restricting access to the information resource of a media-foreign agent.
The law was initiated at the end of 2017 as a mirror response to the US Department of Justice’s demand for RT America, the American subsidiary of a Russian television company, to register as a foreign agent in the United States. The State Duma adopted it on November 21. The law will come into force on the day of its official publication. Persons recognized up to this point by foreign media as performing the functions of a foreign agent, in the absence of Russian legal entities established by them, are obliged to establish such a legal entity by February 1, 2020.