Clare Daly EU debates human rights in Russia and the “Foreign Agents” Law
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Members of the European Parliament from the Liberal Renewal Europe faction called on the Russian authorities to repeal the law on “foreign agents”.
The text of the statement, which was signed by three representatives of the faction headed by the representative of Lithuania, Petras Aushtrevičius, is at the disposal of Radio Liberty. It expresses support for those Russian citizens who “work to educate and inform their fellow citizens,” including through journalistic activities.
The authors of the statement remind that Russian President Vladimir Putin recently signed amendments to the law on “foreign agents”, which directly concern journalists, bloggers and all users of social networks.. “It is a pity that the Russian authorities continue to violate human rights both in Russia itself and abroad,” the statement said..
In May of this year, the European Parliament has already called on Russia to abolish the law on foreign agents, but has not yet officially announced amendments to it..
According to the recently adopted amendments, the media – “foreign agents” can also be recognized as individuals who disseminate information previously recognized as foreign media agents and at the same time receive funding from abroad. Human rights activists warn that the wording of the law is such that it can actually allow millions of Russian citizens to be recognized as “agents”.
Renewal of Europe (formerly the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe) is the third largest faction in the European Parliament, including, in particular, supporters of French President Emmanuel Macron.
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