Russia tightens grip over news aggregators

Russia tightens grip over news aggregators
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24 June 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law regulating the work of news aggregators.

In accordance with the orders of media watchdog Roskomnadzor, news aggregators must save the information they disseminate for six months after its publication and stop the spread of “false information”. To this end, aggregators will also have to verify the accuracy of information reprinted from publications that lack a media licence.

Failure to comply with the regulation could result in a fine for legal entities of 600,000 – 1 million rubles ($9,200 – $15,300), and for individuals of 50,000 – 100,000 rubles ($760 – $1,500).

Source: Afisha (in Russian)