GENERICO.ruRussiaThe deputy proposed to “prohibit the use of social networks” by participants in the register of “foreign agents”

The deputy proposed to “prohibit the use of social networks” by participants in the register of “foreign agents”

State Duma deputy from United Russia Andrei Alshevskikh told RTVI about the development of a bill that would “completely prohibit foreign agents from using social networks.” According to him, “the concept [of the amendments] is now at the discussion stage.”

Alshevskikh called the bill already being considered in the State Duma to ban advertising from participants in the register of “foreign agents” and advertising their websites as “half measures.” Yesterday it passed its first reading.

“In my opinion, these are half measures, and we are hitting our tails. We, in my opinion, take a slightly, as they say, liberal approach to this topic <…> We should start with something as basic as banning foreign agents from using social networks. When they lose the status of foreign agents, they will again be able to continue to talk on their social networks about butterflies and so on,” said the United Russia member.

“There will be one category of foreign agents who will carry out the law in Russia and will cease to be on social networks,” added Alshevskikh. With those members of the registry who will still continue to maintain the pages, according to the deputy, “there should be other response steps.”

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