Ministry of Justice introduced autonomous non-profit association for the protection of human rights and informing the population “Yakutia – Our Opinion” in the register of foreign media agents.
On August 20 of this year, the department recognized the head of the association, Stepan Petrov, as a foreign agent. October 12 against him was excited a case under article 19.34.1 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation – failure by another person, information about which is included in the register of foreign mass media performing the functions of a foreign agent, the requirements established by the legislation of the Russian Federation in connection with the recognition of a foreign agent as performing the functions.
The essence of the claims from Roskomnadzor is still unknown. Petrov faces a fine of 10 thousand rubles. This was the first case against a citizen recognized as a foreign agent by the media.
Formerly Ministry of Justice included Bellingcat’s investigative project and nine media personnel were added to the list of foreign media agents. Among them were the journalist of the Dozhd TV channel, Daniil Sotnikov, and the correspondent of the BBC Russian Service, Andrei Zakharov.
The list also included journalists Tatyana Voltskaya (Radio Liberty), Ekaterina Klepikovskaya (Sever.Realii), Roman Pearl (collaborated with the Nastoyaschye Vremya TV channel), Yevgeny Simonov (international coordinator of the Rivers Without Borders coalition), Elena Solovieva (Sever.Realii), Elizaveta Surnacheva (worked for the Project magazine). Galina Arapova, included in the list, is the director of the Media Rights Protection Center.
In total, 86 individuals and legal entities are currently in the register of foreign media agents.