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Deputies Withdraw Bill to Label Media Firms 'Foreign Agents'
RIA Novosti ^ | January 22, 2014 | Staff

Posted on 01/21/2014 6:22:35 PM PST by Navy Patriot

MOSCOW, January 22 (RIA Novosti) – A bill that would have branded Russian media outlets that receive more than 50 percent of their funding from abroad as “foreign agents” was withdrawn from consideration in the State Duma on Tuesday.

The bill’s authors said they had decided to reintroduce the legislation at a later date with a lower threshold for qualification as a foreign agent.

The decision to withdraw the legislation was made because of the current situation in Ukraine, where violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters entered their third day Tuesday. The law's authors said the violence had been provoked by foreign-funded media.

“We are simply tightening the wording linked to ‘foreign agents.’ It put [the threshold at] 50-percent foreign funding. We think this figure should be increased after the recent events in Ukraine where, in essence, the media has provoked a civil war,” said Yevgeny Fyodorov, one of the bill’s authors.

Ukraine has been gripped by anti-government protests since November when President Viktor Yanukovych backed off from closer economic ties with the EU in favor of greater cooperation with Russia.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: foreignagents; media; msm
There is irony in several directions here.
1 posted on 01/21/2014 6:22:35 PM PST by Navy Patriot
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To: Navy Patriot

Btw, US has similar act (FARA act) since 1938. In Russia they had no definition of “foreign agent” at all until 2013.
I remember the outrage in the media as they have tried to pass it to restrict Soros’s propaganda following occupy Moscow events. “Tyranny!”, “dictatorship!” etc...
Before that, CIA, different “NGOs” were allowed to operate freely as soon as there weren’t direct hostile actions they could classify as sabotage or espionage.
It is not if FARA act is bad, but all of the above brings things into perspective.

2 posted on 01/21/2014 10:09:36 PM PST by cunning_fish
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US has similar act (FARA act) since 1938.

Indeed we do, and there has been liberal (double entendre) complaint about foreigners controlling US newspapers and transmission media, Rupert Murdoch being among them.

Joke of the Twentieth Century: ....The US didn't want Communist foreigners to take over the US Media, ....

they settled for Communist Americans.

3 posted on 01/22/2014 5:12:43 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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