Kremlin designates two Ukrainians, incl. NV journalist, as “foreign agents”

29 October 2022, 01:00 PM
Ivan Yakovyna was added to the list of

Ivan Yakovyna was added to the list of "foreign agents" in the Russian Federation (Photo:Ivan Yakovina/Facebook)

The Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation has expanded the list of the so-called “foreign agents” with six more people, including two Ukrainian citizens, Ukrainian political analyst and Priamyi TV host Taras Berezovets said on Facebook on Oct. 28.

Berezovets said in a comment that he is no longer a political analyst but an officer of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU).

“I don’t know these people except for (NV journalist Ivan) Yakovina,” Berezovets said.

“I need to say that I’m not a political analyst now, but an AFU officer. Thus we have other means to deal with the Ministry of Justice of the RF as well as with its other punitive authorities. Brick by brick, to the very basement.”

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Commenting on his new status, Yakovina said “to be honest, I’m very pleased. It’s like an award! UPD. I’d like to immediately do something like ‘foreign agents’ do... To arrange some intrigues or something like that... I’ll buy a monocle!”

On Nov. 21, 2012, Russia enacted a federal law, under which individuals or organizations who receive “support” from outside Russia or are under “influence” from outside Russia should get registered and declare themselves as “foreign agents.” Upon registration, they are subject to additional audits and obliged to mark all their publications with a 24-word disclaimer saying that they are being distributed by a “foreign agent.”

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