Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Russia lists topics other states should not know about

MOSCOW (WNN) — Russia’s main domestic security agency has released a comprehensive list of topics that could trigger the designation of a “foreign agent” for someone who provides information about them to other countries, Even if they are not state secrets.

An order released Friday by the Federal Security Service on a government information portal listed a range of topics related to military and space programs, including morale in the armed forces. It said that such information could be used against Russia’s security if provided to foreign governments, institutions or individuals.

Compiling such a list called for in a revised version of the law which also provides for the classification of organizations receiving foreign funds as foreign agents. The term has been applied to some civic organizations and the media that criticize the authorities.

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Andrei Klimov, the head of the State Sovereignty Protection Committee in the upper house of parliament, said that “these provisions of the law have nothing to do with freedom of expression.”

“We are talking about a continuous, systematic collection of information for transmission to a foreign state or foreign structures,” he said.

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