MOSCOW, February 16 (RAPSI) – President Vladimir Putin has signed a bill on fines for distribution of information on individual foreign agents without appropriate marking into law, according to the official website of legal information. 

The document is to amend Russia’s Code on Administrative Offences.

Under the law, dissemination of information about individuals declared foreign agents without corresponding labeling in media or on the Internet will result in fines ranginh from 2,000 to 2,500 rubles for individuals, from 4,000 to 5,000 rubles ($54 - 67) for officials and from 40,000 to 50,000 rubles ($540 - 670) for legal entities. Also, confiscation of the administrative infringement matter is possible, the document reads.

Similar fines are envisaged for distributing information on NGOs or public associations added to the foreign agents register or about materials produced by these organizations without appropriate marking, excluding information published in single state registers and state information systems.

Thus, producing or distribution of information via media or Internet by NGOs labeled as foreign agents would result in fines from 100,000 to 300,000 rubles ($1,300 – 4,000) for officials and from 300,000 to 500,000 rubles ($4,000 – 7,000) for companies, according to the law.