The Ministry of Justice recognized Yashin, Lazareva and Katz as foreign agents

The Ministry of Justice expanded the list of individuals-foreign agents to 13 people, including Maxim Katz, Ilya Yashin, Tatyana Lazareva, Veronika Belotserkovskaya and Ruslan Shaveddinov. Yashin arrested under an article about fakes because of the words about Bucha =”The Ministry of Justice recognized Yashin, Lazareva and Katz as foreign agents” />

Ilya Yashin

The Ministry of Justice expanded the list of foreign agents, adding five people to it. The list includes:

  • municipal deputy Ilya Yashin;
  • TV presenter Tatyana Lazareva;
  • blogger Maxim Katz;
  • blogger Veronika Belotserkovskaya;
  • opposition leader Ruslan Shaveddinov.

All new persons on the list have Ukraine in the column about foreign sources. Now the list consists of 13 people.

“I was not notified, I learned about it from the media. We will appeal, of course, why not. It is interesting to see where my “Ukrainian funding” is. Let's appeal just to see what they write, & mdash; told RBC Katz.

Ruslan Shaveddinov, an associate of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, told RBC that he was not notified of his inclusion in the register. “Another pressure and a response for political activity, just as I was entered into the register of extremists. Without notice and without legal reason. I will appeal. I am not going to comply with any requirements of the Ministry of Justice, & mdash; he said.

RBC turned to Lazareva, Belotserkovskaya, and Yashin's lawyer Vadim Prokhorov for comment.

In early July, a criminal case was opened against Yashin because of the words about what happened in the Ukrainian city of Bucha, he was arrested until mid-September under an article about fakes about the Russian Armed Forces (part 2 of article 207.3 of the Criminal Code). The maximum punishment for her— up to 10 years in prison. “I promised that I would not run away and speak the truth out loud for as long as I could. And when they arrest— I will take this blow with dignity. I keep my word, — he wrote on Facebook (part of Meta Platforms, recognized as extremist and banned in Russia).

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Under a similar article, a case was opened against Belotserkovskaya in mid-March. The Investigative Committee considered that her publications “under the guise of reliable reports contained deliberately false information about the use of the Russian Armed Forces to destroy cities and the civilian population of Ukraine, including children.” In May, she was put on the wanted list, and at the end of June, the court arrested Belotserkovskaya's property.

Lazareva said in mid-April that she intended to stay in Spain so as not to endanger herself. “I'm not a hero, sorry. I will stay here, but as soon as possible, of course, I will return. When will it happen— don't know. If I immediately understood how it all would turn out: that they would turn me off from the profession, that I would never be in demand again, then maybe I would have thought what to say, — she said on the TV channel “Rain” (The Ministry of Justice put him on the list of foreign agents).

In mid-April, Shaveddinov was put on the wanted list in Russia, his card appeared in the database of wanted persons of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The department did not specify the article imputed to it. On Twitter, the opposition leader called the wanted ad “an assessment of his work.”

The decision of the Ministry of Justice was the largest expansion of the list of foreign agents in almost two months. The previous time, on June 6, businessman Yevgeny Chichvarkin got into the register of foreign agents, and journalists Oleg Kashin and Alexei Pivovarov were also added to the list of media foreign agents. After that, the organizations previously recognized as foreign agents Evgeny Ponasenkov “First Scientific” were included in the register of media-foreign agents. (June 20) and Pivovarov «Helicopter and co» (July 15).

About a week ago, on July 14, President Vladimir Putin signed the law “On control over the activities of persons under foreign influence.” The document defined the concepts of “foreign agent”, “foreign influence”, “foreign sources” and types of activities.

Thus, a foreign agent is a person who has received “support from abroad”; or is “under foreign influence”; and is engaged in political activities in Russia, the targeted collection of data in the field of military, military-technical activities of Russia or the dissemination of messages and materials for an unlimited number of people.

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