The state Duma will discuss the penalties for violating the law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent

© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova in photobacteria of the State Duma of the Russian Federation. Archival photoThe state Duma will discuss the penalties for violating the law on mass media-registered as a foreign agent© RIA Novosti / Natalia to Seliverstova the image Bank

The state Duma plenary meeting on Wednesday in the first reading will consider the bill on fines for breach of the media law-registered as a foreign agent.

In November 2017 to the state Duma was introduced the bill, which provides for a gross violation of the procedure of activities of the media inherent a fine of up to 5 million rubles for legal entities. According to the explanatory note to the document, a gross violation of the procedure of activities of the media inherent punishable by an administrative fine on citizens in the amount of 100 thousand rubles or administrative arrest for up to 15 days; for officials — an administrative fine in the amount of 200 thousand rubles; on legal persons — five million rubles.

Under a gross violation of the order of the activities implied multiple (more than two times during the year) violation of the law «On mass media».

Earlier, the head of the Committee for state construction and legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov said that in case of adoption of the initiative and the law on the regulation of media activities-registered as foreign agents on the territory of the Russian Federation will be introduced at the same time.

The bill, which provides for the regulation of media activities-registered as foreign agents in Russia, was submitted to the state Duma 19 December 2017. In particular, it stipulates that the media are recognized in Russia as foreign agents have to distribute their products to establish a Russian legal entity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in November 2017 signed a law on the status of a foreign agent to the media. According to the text of the law, registered as a foreign agent can be recognized by the media receiving financial support from foreign States or organizations. Changes to article 6 of the law «On mass media». Amendments to the status of the media-foreign agents have become a forced response to the oppression of the Russian media in USA and, in particular, the recognition of RT America as a foreign agent.

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