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Friday, March 23, 2018

The state Duma has identified which media will be foreign agents

Deputies of the State Duma decided on the criteria by which media will be attributed to foreign agents, said Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy, quoted by “Interfax”.

photo: Dmitry Katerinov

According to him, to obtain the status of inherent media is sufficient to obtain foreign funding or to be registered in the territory of another state.

“Mass media registered in the territory of another state, or receiving money or other funds from foreign institutions — government agencies or companies or Russian companies with foreign financing, can be recognized as foreign agents, regardless of their legal form,” — said Tolstoy.

This position has already been agreed by representatives of all four Duma factions.

Recognized as foreign agents, the media will be obliged to go with the designation of this status, they will also be assigned complicated financial statements, the rules are identical to the rules applicable to the recognized NGOs registered as foreign agents.

The decision on the attribution of media to be registered as foreign agents will be the same as in the case of NGOs, make the Ministry of justice.

We will remind that the bill is in response to the registration of Russia Today in the United States as a foreign agent. However, to date, this status has only one channel partner — local American company, all action against her was limited to the publication of financial documents from which it became known that her only employee, a US citizen receives in the year 670 thousand dollars from ANO “TV-news” (legal person RT), funded by the government of the Russian Federation.

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