Russia includes Nobel Prize winner Dmitri Muratov on its list of “foreign agents” | International

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Russian authorities have considered journalist Dmitri Muratov a “foreign agent,” something the Kremlin often does with critics of Moscow's policies. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 along with Maria Ressa, Muratov has directed the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta and this Friday it has been included on the list, according to Russian agencies citing the Ministry of Justice.

The Kremlin claims that Muratov “created and disseminated material [producido por] foreign agents and published negative opinions of Russia's domestic and foreign policy.” Persons included on the list of foreign agents are often subject to police searches and other pressure measures. Muratov is still in Russia, but many of those receiving this rating have left the country since the invasion of Ukraine in February 2021.

Under Russian law, people and organizations that receive funding from other countries can be declared foreign agents to also try to undermine their credibility in Russian society. Additionally, in their publications they must indicate that they have been included in this list. Muratov and the newspaper they have run, Novaya Gazetahave carried out several investigations critical of the Kremlin.

In January 2022, Muratov put his Nobel medal up for auction in New York, raising $103.5 million to help children displaced by the Russian offensive in Ukraine. Novaya Gazeta It suspended its publication in 2022 after Moscow approved harsh penalties against anyone who discredited the military operation in Ukraine and criticized the Army. Many of the journalists who were part of this publication have left the country.

Moscow has also included another journalist who wrote pro-Ukraine articles, a comedian who opposed the Ukrainian war, and a historian of Chechnya on the list of “foreign agents.” .

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