Russian ex-President calls for tougher ‘foreign agent’ law | Daily News

Russian ex-President calls for tougher ‘foreign agent’ law

Former  Russian President  Dmitry Medvedev
Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

UAE: Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev called for Russia to toughen its laws on “foreign agents” and prosecute individuals working for the interests of foreign states.

Russia has legislation that labels groups and individuals as foreign agents — a term that carries Soviet-era connotations of spying — if they receive foreign funding to engage in what the authorities say is political activity.

Dozens of Kremlin critics have been listed as foreign agents, including journalists and rights activists, and many have fled abroad.

Medvedev, who now serves as Deputy Head of Russia’s Security Council, said the enforcement of the “foreign agents” legislation needed to be stepped up as Moscow carries out its military intervention in Ukraine and finds itself under unprecedented sanctions from the West.

“If they (foreign agents) are carrying out activities aimed against our country — especially during this tough period — and receive money for it from our enemies, our response must be quick and harsh,” Medvedev wrote on the Telegram messaging app. Medvedev also said he supported legislative initiatives to criminally prosecute “people working in the interest of a foreign state.”

His post began and ended with a reference to a 1960s Soviet television series set during the Russian Civil War of the 1920s, in which Medvedev noted that the hero was shot as a spy.


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