Journalists Sonya Groisman and Olga Churakova said that the Ministry of Justice included them on the list of “foreign agents” because of links in posts on VTimes, Meduza and Radio Svoboda.
Churakova was included in the register of “foreign agents” on July 15, on that day the Prosecutor General’s Office recognized Project Media, Inc. as an “undesirable organization.” Groisman was added to the list a week later – on July 23rd.
Olga Churakova on her Facebook page published a document stating that the department made the decision because of the reference to the VTimes news about the publication’s recognition as an “foreign agent”, to which she added the phrase “what to read in Russia today.”
In a letter to Sonia Groisman, the Ministry of Justice pointed to her post “When we went to journalism …”, where, according to her, she repost the material of her best friend and asked to support Meduza by attaching a link to the fundraising page for the publication. The agency also refers to the repost of links to the material of Radio Svoboda about the life of Russian women in Syria.
Groysman’s Mediazone toldthat, as foreign funding, the ministry resulted in four transfers to its accounts from Citibank Europe PLC. Galina Arapova, a lawyer at the Media Rights Protection Center, noted that Russian banks use Citibank Europe PLC as an intermediary, while the Ministry of Justice in its letters indicates the use of correspondent accounts for international money transfers.
The journalist must submit a report to the Ministry of Justice four times a year, the first report she had to submit on October 15. It contains information about where the journalist gets the money from and what she spends it on.
“The most humiliating thing is that you must indicate all the sources of your income. And, as we understand it, if there are still some foreign, foreign companies or relatives among them, we will never get out of this status. does not go “, – noted Groisman.