This is another attack on press freedom in Russia. On Thursday, July 15, the Russian government banned young and popular investigative media Project, Announcer “Unnecessary” And in his consideration “The actions are a threat to the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation”. The government considers the media to be an American organization.
According to a law announced in 2015, foreign organizations operating in Russia can declare “Unnecessary”. They should be self-employed under the prohibited sentence, and their collaborators could face fines or imprisonment.
Almost simultaneously, the Russian Ministry of Justice classified the editor-in-chief Project, Roman Patanine and four journalists from the media who are on his list of groups and individuals who have been designated as “foreign agents”, exposing them to severe bureaucratic restrictions on the imposition of the name.
Founded in 2018, online media Project Known for investigations into the corruption of the Russian elite. In particular, he published several lengthy studies on President Vladimir Putin’s very wealthy.
Repeated pressure on independent media
Russian authorities have increased pressure on the independent media in recent months, especially in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in September, and in the wake of Russia’s return, in January, when the Kremlin’s number one rival, Alexei Navalny, was immediately imprisoned.
Mr. Power critics accuse Russian officials of confusing or repressing the media during Putin’s two-decade rule. Recent examples to date, popular online media Jellyfish, Based in Latvia, was declared a “foreign agent” in April, an unpopular qualification that included severe restrictions and penalties that cut off significant advertising resources.
In June, another media outlet, VTimes, Announced its closure After being classified as a “foreign agent,” the lawsuit was feared. By the end of June, searches had already taken place in the homes of several journalists Project, Especially in Roman Patanine.
Alexei Navalny’s organizations, especially his Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK), have announced that their videos have condemned the corruption of the elite and have amassed hundreds of millions of views on YouTube. “Terrorists”, And most of the opponent’s relatives have been deported.
Status of“Unnecessary” Mainly said by voluntary charities or political organizations, especially those associated with the former Russian oligarchy in exile Michael Kodarkovsky. Many American think tanks are included, such as the Atlantic Council Committee, which specializes in international affairs.