Russia lists Pussy Riot member, artwork collector and satirist as ‘overseas brokers’



Capping a yr of crackdowns on Kremlin critics unseen because the Soviet period, Russian authorities this week ordered the closure of the nation’s oldest human rights group Memorial Worldwide.

2021 additionally noticed the jailing of Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s prime critic, and his motion banned. A lot of his allies have been pressured to flee.

The federal government says it’s implementing legal guidelines to thwart extremism and protect the nation from what it says are malign overseas influences.

On Thursday, Russia’s justice ministry added Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from Pussy Riot, artwork collector Marat Gelman, satirist and Kremlin critic Viktor Shenderovich and 5 others to the listing of “overseas brokers” that has now grown to 111 names from 17 as of late 2020.

The time period “overseas agent” carries destructive Soviet-era connotations and topics these listed to stringent monetary reporting necessities. It additionally obliges them to preface something they publish with a disclaimer stating they’re overseas brokers.

Shenderovich is one in all Russia’s most outstanding satirists, finest recognized for a political caricature puppet present televised within the Nineteen Nineties.

Tolokonnikova helped launch Pussy Riot, which turned recognized for a sequence of provocative performances together with protesting in opposition to the leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church.

She can also be one of many founders of impartial information outlet Mediazona, which was itself labeled “overseas agent” in late September.

On Thursday, Mediazona stated the justice ministry had put it on the listing for citing different “overseas brokers” and receiving cash from Google commercials.

Media shops have complained that carrying “overseas agent” disclaimers is akin to defacing their very own merchandise and severely dents promoting income.

A number of Russian media shops with the label opted to close down as discovering sponsors and advertisers turned nearly unimaginable.

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