The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation added political scientist Stanislav Belkovsky and journalist Ilya Shepelin to the unified register of “foreign agents”. This is reported on the department’s website.
On July 24, Vladimir Putin signed laws that introduce fines and unscheduled inspections for individuals who help “foreign agents” circumvent the law on their status. These documents oblige people, organizations and public authorities who are not “foreign agents,” but interacting with them, to “comply with the restrictions provided by law and not help overcome them.” At the same time, the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation received the right to issue a warning to these individuals and organizations about the inadmissibility of violating the law on “foreign agents.”
If regulatory authorities receive information that an individual or legal entity is helping a “foreign agent” to circumvent the restrictions imposed on him, this may become the basis for conducting “unscheduled inspections” by the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation.
In addition, the amendments signed by Putin state that a “foreign agent” does not have the right to receive financial or any other material support from the state, including when carrying out creative activities.
Also, the President of the Russian Federation approved amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses of Russia, according to which, in case of failure to comply with the order or warning of the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation to eliminate the violation, citizens will face a fine of up to 50 thousand rubles, officials – up to 100 thousand rubles, legal entities – up to 300 thousand rubles.
On December 1, 2022, the law “On control over the activities of persons under foreign influence” came into force in Russia. Now in Russia there is a single register of “foreign agents”, and the Ministry of Justice can include in it any Russian or foreign organizations or individuals if they receive foreign support or are under foreign influence, and also conduct political activities or collect information about the military-technical activities of Russia , which “can be used against the security of the country.”
In addition, according to the law, a register of those who are “affiliated” with “foreign agents” has appeared. Individuals who were or are currently members of a “foreign agent” organization will be recognized as such. This list will include persons who have received or have received in the past funds from a “foreign agent,” even through intermediaries. At the same time, the restrictions established for “foreign agents” will not apply to “affiliated” persons.