Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Russian Federation upgrades local encyclopedia after Putin screens Wikipedia

Russian Federation upgrades local encyclopedia after Putin screens Wikipedia

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved on Monday amendments to a law allowing individuals to be labeled as foreign agents, drawing criticism from activists campaigning for freedom of speech.

Authors of the bill have said it is meant to "perfect" existing legislation on "foreign agents" that already covers NGOs and media organisations.

An initial foreign agent law was adopted by Russian Federation in 2012, giving authorities the power to label non-governmental organisations and human rights groups as foreign agents - a term that carries a negative Soviet-era connotations.

The amended law has been condemned by the EU, Amnesty International and the OSCE international security body.

Russian law also requires so-called foreign agents to submit regular reports on their funding, objectives, how they spend their money and who their managers are.

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The new law, which now extends to individuals, will come into effect immediately, according to a document published on the Russian government website.

It's clear from his remark that the Russian legislation is a response to the sudden prominence of foreign-agent registration, a beforehand obscure requirement greatest recognized to skilled lobbyists, within the Donald Trump-Russia investigations of particular counsel Robert Mueller.

A small variety of media organizations - for now, simply these funded by the U.S. Congress, akin to Voice of America and Radio Liberty - have been designated as overseas brokers, too.

Foreign agent was a Soviet-era term of abuse for political dissidents.

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