Russia Adds an NGO and Several Individuals to List Of Foreign Agents
Russia adds an NGO and several individuals to the list of Foreign Agents, and forces them to use this label on their social media posts.
On Wednesday, the Russian authorities classified a non-governmental organization (NGO), in addition to 22 individuals as Foreign Agents, according to the updated list published by the Russian Ministry of Justice on its official website.
Organizations and people designated as Foreign Agents must register their details with the authorities, and are subject to lengthy measures. By law, entities identified as Foreign Agents must accompany all their texts, videos, and social media posts with a disclaimer about content coming from a Foreign Agent.
The list includes Foreign-funded organizations that conduct political activities in Russia, and this classification can also be attached to individuals.
The arrest of the CEO of Group IB
On Wednesday, the Russian authorities declared the arrest of Ilya Sachkov, CEO of the large cyber security company Group IB, on suspicion of betraying the state.
The company is one of the most prominent cyber security companies across Russia. It specializes in cybercrimes and online fraud. Group IB also has a global client base that includes banks, energy, and telecommunications companies, in addition to its cooperation with the International Police (Interpol).