The Ministry of Justice recognized the actor Artur Smolyaninov as a foreign agent

The Ministry of Justice for the first time this year added to the register of foreign agents. Actor Artur Smolyaninov was included in the list.

In addition to him, music critic Artemy Troitsky was also recognized as a foreign agent. The list also includes:

  • former priest Sergei Kirsanov
  • lawyer Anatoly Fursov
  • former coordinator of Navalny’s Perm headquarters Sergei Ukhov
  • Ukrainian journalist Oleksandr Shelest

Former chapter Alexander Bastrykin called on the Investigative Committee to open a criminal case against actor Artur Smolyaninov because of his statements about the war in Ukraine. The actor has condemned the Russian invasion many times. In January, he was in an interview with Novaya Gazeta. Europe” said that he would take part in the war only on the side of Ukraine.

“The Kremlin does not think anything good about this actor. But in this case, it is more important what our relevant departments think about these words, ”Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the Russian president, commented on the situation.

Now in the list of foreign agents, which includes both individuals and legal entities, 522 participants. On December 1, a new law on foreign agents came into force. He combined all four registers into one, which includes the founders, managers, members or employees of an organization declared a “foreign agent”, as well as politicians who receive money or property from “foreign agents”.

In addition, the law expanded the criteria by which a person or organization can be recognized as a foreign agent. Any Russian citizen who “receives foreign support” or “is under foreign influence” can be recognized as a foreign agent. How exactly a Russian citizen can be influenced by a foreign source is not specified in the law, this is determined by the Ministry of Justice.


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