BBC journalist recognized as a foreign agent left Russia because of “unprecedented surveillance” BBC journalist recognized as a foreign agent Andrei Zakharov left Russia for the UK after he began to notice that he was being followed in Moscow. p>
BBC journalist Andrei Zakharov (recognized as a foreign agent) left Russia for the UK. He told about this in the BBC Russian Service film, published on YouTube.
Zakharov was recognized as an innocent agent on October 8, after which, according to him, he began to notice that he was being followed by outdoor advertising. and people are 'constantly changing.' he said.
According to the journalist, he does not know what the surveillance was connected with – with his new status as a foreign agent or with material about hackers from the Evil Corp. group, which he did with his British colleagues.
On Twitter, Zakharov called his departure “ exile. ''
The law on foreign media agents was adopted in Russia in 2017, later it was amended to give this status to individuals. According to the law, media outlets recognized by foreign agents must mark their materials with a special signature and regularly provide the Ministry of Justice with reports on their activities and how the money received from abroad was spent.
Now the register contains 103 individuals and legal entities recognized foreign agents in Russia. Most of the media and individuals from this list were recognized as foreign agents in 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, answering a question about the rapidly expanding register of foreign media agents, said that he did not see anything good in this. At the same time, he is confident that Russian law is more liberal than in the United States, since the work of such organizations and individuals is not prohibited.
Andrey Zakharov & mdash; investigative journalist. Previously, he worked at Fontanka, RBC, Project (recognized as an undesirable organization in Russia).
In addition to Zakharov, after receiving the status of foreign agents, some journalists left Russia. So, in July, the editor-in-chief of the Project Roman Badanin and his deputy Mikhail Rubin were included in the list of foreign agents and left for the USA.
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