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30 July 2012

Media bill controversy

As the ink dries on a bill forcing NGOs with foreign financing to register as “foreign agents,” a similar proposal for media outlets is facing an apparent backlash from an unexpected place – the Kremlin.

The criticism over United Russia deputy Yevgeny Fyodorov’s proposed bill suggests the recent spate of laws for “tightening the screws” are not all passed down from the top, and at least some are seen as getting just a notch too tight.

Fyodorov, a legislator from the party of power, which was, until recently, headed by President Vladimir Putin, was somewhat baffled by the criticism from his leaders. “What, it’s normal to demand transparency for NGOs, but it’s not normal to demand transparency from mass media?” he told The Moscow News on Friday.

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