Former member of the Public Monitoring Commission of Moscow, Alexander Ionov, demanded to recognize the publication “Important stories” “a foreign agent.” About this he reported on your Facebook page.
“As part of the activities of the Public Committee to identify foreign interference, we will demand the recognition of the project“ Important stories ”by the media performing the functions of a foreign agent,” he wrote.
According to Ionov, Important Stories is associated with Anders Aleksandderson, Executive Vice-President of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, who, together with the editor-in-chief of the publication Roman Anin, has been named the beneficiary of the IStories Fonds, registered in Latvia.
This May, Ionov announced on the creation of a “Public Committee for the Detection of Foreign Interference”. Prior to that, after his complaint, Meduza was recognized as a “foreign agent”.
In June, Ionov also complained to the Investigative Committee about Novaya Gazeta.
July 21 “Important Stories” published investigation about Vitaly Borodin. After Borodin’s statement, the Project was recognized as an undesirable organization.
On April 9, Anin’s apartment was searched, which lasted about 6 hours, and the journalist himself was taken for interrogation to the Investigative Committee. Anin refused to testify, referring to Article 51 of the Constitution of the Russian Federation, after which the journalist was released to be summoned again later.
The investigative actions of the editor-in-chief of Vosthnye Stories were carried out in the case of violation of privacy committed by a person using his official position (part 2 of article 137 of the Criminal Code). Presumably, the reason for the initiation of the case could have been Anin’s investigation “The Secret of“ Princess Olga ”. How is the head of Rosneft Igor Sechin connected with one of the most luxurious yachts in the world? ” This investigation was published in Novaya Gazeta in 2016, when Roman Anin was working there.
Later it turned outthat the Investigative Committee and the FSB had been following Roman Anin and the employees of Novaya Gazeta for several years. Journalists from Vostochnye Stories learned that FSB officers intercepted phone calls, online messages and read mail, for which they used materials from the case file about Anin’s investigation of the yacht of the head of Rosneft Igor Sechin.