Law of the Week: ‘Foreign agent’ law applied to media outlets Meduza and PASMI.

Week-ending 30 April 2021 On 23 April 2021 the Russian authorities added the media outlets Meduza and PASMI to the list of 'foreign agent' media organisations under Russia's 'foreign agent'…

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Law of the Week: President Putin signs into law a bill on ‘foreign agent’ electoral candidates

Week-ending 23 April 2021 This week President Putin signed into law a bill requiring electoral candidates who receive financial support from abroad to label themselves as 'foreign agents.' Candidates affiliated…

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Law of the Week: Article 137 of the Russian Criminal Code (violation of privacy)

Week-ending 16 April 2021 The independent investigative journalist Roman Amin has been classified as a witness in a criminal case that is under investigation regarding a violation of Article 137,…

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Law of the Week: President Putin signs bill potentially enabling him to remain president until 2036

Week-ending 9 April 2021 This week President Putin, who is currently serving his fourth term as president of Russia, signed into force a law that allows him to stand for…

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Law of the Week: State Duma adopts bill making it possible for Vladimir Putin to stand for election as president in 2024 and 2030.

Week-ending 26 March 2021 On 24 March 2021 the State Duma approved in its third and final reading a bill making it possible for President Putin to stand for election…

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Law of the Week: Nearly 200 participants in forum of municipal deputies arrested under ‘undesirable organisations’ law

Week-ending 19 March 2021 In May 2015 Russia adopted a law on ‘undesirable organisations’ allowing the government to ban the activities of foreign or international nongovernmental groups deemed to undermine…

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Law of the Week: Federal Law No. 149-FZ ‘On Information, Information Technology and the Protection of Information’

Week-ending 12 March 2021 On 10 March 2021 Roskomnadzor, the government's media watchdog, issued a statement saying that since 2017 Twitter had failed to delete content deemed by the Russian…

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Law of the Week: Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ legislation restricts freedoms of association and expression

Week-ending 5 March 2021 This week Lev Ponomarev announced that For Human Rights, the civil society organisation he has led since 1997, was closing down because of the new requirements…

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Law of the Week: New laws impose higher fines on proteters, ‘foreign agents’ and social media companies.

Week-ending 26 February 2021 On 24 February 2021 President Putin signed into force laws that increase fines imposed on protesters found guilty of disobeying police officers, on persons and organisations…

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