Russia’s Ministry of Justice has added Dmitry Muratov, the chief editor of Novaya Gazeta and the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, to its register of “foreign agents”, the ministry revealed on Friday.
The agency believes Muratov participated in “creating and disseminating work produced by foreign agents and used foreign media to promote opinions that are aimed at forming a negative attitude towards Russia’s interior and foreign policy”.
Konstantin Sonin, an economist, was also added to the list. The Ministry of Justice believes he “appeared in foreign media as a respondent”.
Other entrants to the list of “foreign agents” were:
- Oksana Barsheva, a journalist with Echo of Moscow
- Ruslan Bely, a comedian
- Mayrbek Vachagayev, a Chechen historian
- Maksim Reznik, a St. Petersburg politician
- Oleg Radzinsky, an author
- Yevgeny Karpov, a former leader of Alexey Navalny’s office in Voronezh
- Denis Katev, a journalist with TV Rain