Putin imposes fines for distributing messages from unregistered media

Putin imposes fines for distributing messages from unregistered media

Information of publications, whose registration data do not correspond to reality, was also banned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on amendments to Article 13.21 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation, introducing fines for making and distributing of messages of unregistered or self-reported (outdated) media. The law also applies to messages of foreign publications without permission for its distribution in the territory of the Russian Federation.

Both legal entities and persons will be brought to administrative responsibility. For the latter, fine will be from 20,000 to 30,000 rubles ($ 310-465), for officials – from 2,000 to 3,000 rubles ($ 31-46), for citizens – from 1,000 to 1,500 rubles ($ 15-23). 

Previously, there were already fines for distributing media products that had not been re-registered. The amendments added a ban on the replication of products of publications that did not update the registration data after they were changed, as well as the products of “foreign periodicals without permission to distribute them in the territory of the Russian Federation.” Permission to work in Russia for foreign media must be received from Roskomnadzor from January 2018.

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