Deputies of the State Duma of the Russian Federation approved amendments to the Russian legislation, which will allow to accept foreign media foreign agents, according to the website of the State Duma.
November 15, in the second reading voted for the bill all the 411 MPs who attended the meeting says, «Medusa».
Vice-speaker of the state Duma Pyotr Tolstoy before the vote, recalled that these amendments — response and a forced measure, as in the United States from the Russian TV channel Russia Today demanded to get the status of a foreign agent. On the freedom of speech a new bill, according to Tolstoy, was not affected.
Third reading of the bill scheduled for the afternoon of November 15.
The concept of «foreign agent» is regulated by the adopted in 2012 amendments to various Russian laws. This agent is a non-profit organization that receives money from foreign States, organizations and citizens and is also involved in political activities in Russia. Foreign agents must register with the Ministry of justice and to indicate their status in all publications. Their financial statements subject to mandatory audit, they should report to the authorities about their activities.
The U.S. justice Department ordered the RT register in the registry of foreign agents. 9 Nov editor-in-chief of TV channel Margarita Simonyan said that Russia Today «to submit» requirement of the U.S. Department of justice.
As noted by Yahoo News, register as a foreign agent does not mean the termination of broadcasting of RT in the US. Changed the scheme of filing financial reports of the branch, and produced his program should be labeled as propaganda of a foreign government.
October 1, Simonyan said that because of pressure from the authorities, the Russia Today TV channel might stop broadcasting in the United States.
The speaker of the foreign Ministry of Russia Maria Zakharova said that the Agency plans to retaliate against us media working in Russia, if the US will continue pressure on Russian TV channel Russia Today.
State Duma Deputy, Deputy head of the faction «United Russia» Andrei Isayev said that in Russia the law on mass media – foreign agents can get «Radio Liberty», Deutsche Welle, CNN and the «Voice of America».
The state Duma approved the recognition of the foreign media foreign agents 15.11.2017