Deputies of the state Duma of the Russian Federation may prepare amendments to the Russian legislation, which will allow you to declare foreign agents accounts in social networks to foreign media reports, according to RBC.
This initiative followed after a proposal to declare foreign agents a number of Western publications in Russia.
The head of the faction «United Russia» in the state Duma Sergey Neverov said that, in addition to foreign media, the list of agents can be enabled and «foreign social media».
MP Peter Tolstoy from the «United Russia» noted that the bill will affect not only the American media, because «the law must be General in nature». This rule, according to him, should apply to all foreign media. Tolstoy also said that the amendments will not affect social networking in General, and affect only the accounts of the foreign media.
«We can watch the story CNN on the TV, you can look on their website and in social media. It is in this sense the restrictions relating to the content, not the distribution channel. The social network in any way to offend, and this topic is not concerned in this case,» he added.
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 funds from foreign governments, organizations, and foreign 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.
November 10 the speaker of the state Duma Vyacheslav Volodin has declared that Russia can enter restrictions for the us media next week.
The bill should become a response to US actions against Russian TV channel Russia Today.
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.
RBC, citing a source in the Federation Council said that Russia may restrict the activities of CNN, «voice of America» and «Radio Liberty».
United Russia has proposed to equate the accounts of Western media in social networks of foreign agents 10.11.2017