Russia tightens restrictions on foreign media

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (July 14) authorized the country’s attorney general to block foreign media from countries doing the same to Russian media.

Amid international pressure over the ongoing war in Ukraine, Putin signed a new law that empowers the attorney general to order broadcasts in Russia if their home country does the same to Russian media, Anadolu Agency reported.

The law also includes measures to block media from spreading false reports about the Russian military or publishing information aimed at discrediting it or material calling for participation in unauthorized events, he added.

Special economic measures were also included in the law signed by Putin, along with the problem of forming youth organizations which were numerous compared to similar bodies that existed under the Soviet Union.

Putin also approved a law “defending information” about Russia’s gold and currency reserves that includes action against their publication.

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