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Bellingcat and The Insider declared "undesirable" in russia

15.07.2022, 12:52

The Prosecutor General's Office of the russian federation recognized the work of four foreign NGOs, in particular the investigative project Bellingcat and The Insider media outlet, as "undesirable" in the russian territory.

This is reported by Ukrinform with reference to TARS.

"The General Prosecutor's Office declared the work of Bellingcat (recognized as a foreign agent) and The Insider (recognized as a foreign agent) in russia undesirable. The department has passed the information about the decision over to the Ministry of Justice of russia to include these NGOs in the list of undesirable organization," the report reads.

According to the russian mass media, the organizations added to the list undesirables include Bellingcat Ltd. (the United Kingdom), Stichting Bellingcat (Netherlands), The Insider (Latvia), Central and Eastern European Legal Initiative Institute (CEELI Institute) (Czech Republic).

Undesirable organizations are prohibited from operating on the territory of the russian federation under the threat of administrative and criminal prosecution. Roskomnadzor can demand that the mass media remove publications based on the undesirable organizations' materials, as was the case with "Project's" investigations.

As of July 15, there were 56 organizations on the list of "undesirables," including the publication "Important Stories" and the international association of journalist investigators OCCRP.

On February 24, the russian federation started a new stage of the war against Ukraine – a full-scale invasion. The invaders are shelling and bombarding the cities and villages of Ukraine, murdering the civilian population. At the same time, the kremlin regime is intensifying repression domestically.

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