Thu, 17 Jun 2021

MOSCOW -- Russia has labeled the media outlet VTimes as a 'foreign agent,' a move that will require it to label itself as such and subject it to increased government scrutiny.

The Foreign Ministry's list of those deemed 'foreign agents' included VTimes when it was published on May 14.

On April 23, Russia applied the same foreign agent label to Meduza, a popular independent news site.

Russia's so-called 'foreign agent' legislation was adopted in 2012 and has been modified repeatedly. It requires nongovernmental organizations that receive foreign assistance and that the government deems to be engaged in political activity to be registered, to identify themselves as 'foreign agents,' and to submit to audits.

Later modifications of the law targeted foreign-funded media, including RFE/RL's Russian Service, six other RFE/RL Russian-language news services, and Current Time, a network run by RFE/RL in cooperation with VOA.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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