On November 7, the District Court in Chertanov, Moscow, fined media manager and journalist Roman Badanin 30,000 rubles under the Law on Foreign Agents. The fine was issued for non-submission of the report required by the state from the participants of the register of agents.
According to the press service, the journalist was fined for not providing the Ministry of Justice with information on foreign financing, if any, and bank accounts, Mediazona reports.
Badanin is the former editor-in-chief of the TV channel “Dozhd”, the founder of the investigative publication “Proekt”, specializing mainly in the entourage of Russian President Vladimir Putin. In addition, he launched the news publication “Agentstvo”. The journalist does not live in Russia now.
The list of so-called foreign agents of the Ministry of Justice of Russia includes NGOs, companies and citizens who, according to the agency, receive foreign financing and work in the political sphere or are under foreign influence. Vague criteria allow the department to expand the list almost every week, in addition to Russians and Russian companies, it also includes foreigners and foreign organizations.