Lists of organizations and people recognized by the authorities as “foreign agents” and “undesirable organizations” are discussed at weekly meetings of the Russian Security Council and prepared by its staff. About it informs “Meduza” citing three sources familiar with the content of the meetings and documents of the organ.
According to the publication, for the first time, the fight against so-called foreign influence was formalized in the form of concrete decisions at an expanded meeting of the Security Council back in July 2015.
According to the sources, changing the status of an organization to foreign agency or undesirable requires concerted action by a number of departments. Normally, inclusion in this list would have required months of negotiations, but now this is done in a day. This indicates that the work is being carried out at the highest level.
According to the experts of the publication, the Security Council of Russia perceives itself as the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the USSR – the body that actually ruled the Soviet Union. It is noted that the role of the Council r in governing the country has been growing since the annexation of Crimea, when Vladimir Putin decided to “end the postmodern games” and “roll back to the Soviet model.” The intensification of the fight against the media and NGOs could have been provoked by the Belarusian events, since “The Hague is no longer afraid of them.”
The Security Council includes the heads of all power structures, as well as the heads of the State Duma and Federation Council, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin and some other key Russian officials. The Chairman of the Council is Vladimir Putin, his deputy is Dmitry Medvedev.