Roskomnadzor notified Marat Nikandrov, a native of Pskov, who had previously himself asked to be included in the register of so-called foreign agents, that a report on abuse of freedom of m information had been drawn up against him, reports Sever.Realii.
The reason was that Nikandrov posted a video clip of the “Real Time” channel on his Daily Fakh resource, but did not accompany it with the marking required by Russian laws.
The video talked about the termination of parental rights of the former editor of the First Channel, Maryna Ovsyannikova. The “Now” channel was included in the register of foreign agents by the Ministry of Justice of Russia in 2017. According to Russian laws, such publications must be accompanied by a notice that their author or publisher is a foreign agent.
The protocol was drawn up for a legal entity: Nikandrov registered Daily Fax as a m media, in which he is the chief editor.
According to the blogger, he received an electronic notification about the protocol from Roskomnadzor on October 27. He did not receive the report personally. Instead, his lawyer was present, who stated that Nikandrov did not agree with the alleged offense.
19-year-old Marat Nikandrov was added to the list of foreign agents on November 17. Ten days before that, he himself filled out a form on the website of the Ministry of Justice – as he himself said, “as a joke”. This is the first time in Russia that a person who independently entered his data in the register is recognized as a “foreign agent”.
- Legislation on foreign agents in Russia appeared in 2012. The law allowed the Ministry of Justice to recognize non-profit organizations as “foreign agents” if they receive funding from abroad and engage in political activity. Subsequently, it became possible to recognize m media and individuals as “foreign agents”, including those who do not receive foreign funding, but are “under foreign influence”. Russian legislation does not specify what exactly should be considered foreign influence.
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