Support The Moscow Times!

2 New NGOs Added to Russia's Foreign Agents List

Two more Russian non-governmental organizations have been registered as "foreign agents," the Justice Ministry said Thursday, referring to a tag levied on politically active NGOs that receive funding from abroad.

The Regional Press Institute and the Memo.ru information agency have both been included on the government's list of "foreign agents," the ministry said in an online statement.

Memo.ru is a partner organization of the Memorial human rights group, which is also included on the list. Among the other groups to work under the aegis of Memo.ru is Kavkazsky Uzel (Caucasus Knot), an online news site that focuses on human rights issues in the Caucasus.

The Regional Press Institute works with journalists and students to "aid the establishment and development of independent media in Russia," its website says.

In accordance with a controversial law passed in 2012, any NGO that receives funding from abroad and engages in vaguely defined political activities is required to register as a "foreign agent." The term was widely used to refer to spies in the Soviet era.

… we have a small favor to ask. As you may have heard, The Moscow Times, an independent news source for over 30 years, has been unjustly branded as a "foreign agent" by the Russian government. This blatant attempt to silence our voice is a direct assault on the integrity of journalism and the values we hold dear.

We, the journalists of The Moscow Times, refuse to be silenced. Our commitment to providing accurate and unbiased reporting on Russia remains unshaken. But we need your help to continue our critical mission.

Your support, no matter how small, makes a world of difference. If you can, please support us monthly starting from just $2. It's quick to set up, and you can be confident that you're making a significant impact every month by supporting open, independent journalism. Thank you.

Once
Monthly
Annual
Continue
paiment methods
Not ready to support today?
Remind me later.

Read more