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After shutting down human rights group, Russia labels Pussy Riot member ‘overseas agent’

After shutting down human rights group, Russia labels Pussy Riot member ‘overseas agent’

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Thursday designated a member of the Pussy Riot punk group, a satirist and an artwork collector as “overseas brokers,” a part of efforts to stifle dissent.

The Justice Ministry utilized the label to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a Pussy Riot member who turned broadly recognized for collaborating in a 2012 protest inside Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral after which she spent almost two years in jail.

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Journalist and satirist Viktor Shenderovich and artwork collector Marat Gelman had been additionally handed the label together with a number of different folks.

The “overseas agent” label implies extra authorities scrutiny and carries sturdy pejorative connotations that may discredit recipients. Russian authorities have utilized the designation to scores of media retailers, civil society teams and people, ratcheting up stress on those that are important of the Kremlin.

These designated as “overseas brokers” are required so as to add a prolonged assertion to information studies, social media posts and different supplies specifying that the content material was created by a “overseas agent.”

Earlier this week, Russia’s courtroom on Tuesday shut the nation’s oldest and most distinguished human rights group, Memorial, citing its failure to determine itself as a “overseas agent.”

Tolokonnikova tweeted that she wouldn’t abide by the requirement to mark her posts with the “overseas agent” designation. She mentioned she would problem the authorities’ resolution in courtroom, concluding: “Russia will probably be free.”

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