Law on foreign-agent media to affect owners of sites with info disseminated with foreign funding

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MOSCOW. Dec 20 (Interfax) – The law on foreign-agent media will affect private individuals who own websites on which public information disseminated with money coming from foreign sources is published, Andrei Klishas, the head of the Federation Council Committee on Constitutional Legislation and State-Building, said.

“As to applying the requirements of the law on foreign-agent media to private individuals, they will apply above all to owners of websites on which public information disseminated with money coming from foreign sources is published,” Klishas was quoted as saying by the Federation Council’s press service.

Private individuals who disseminate information to the public in the interests of a foreign state and who are recognized as foreign-agent media outlets in line with legal procedures will be required to label relevant material, he said.

Klishas is the co-author of the bill governing the work of foreign-agent media outlets which was recently submitted to the State Duma.