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Russian Prosecutor General Declares The Moscow Times an “Undesirable Organization” amid Crackdown on Media

The Moscow Times Declared “Undesirable Organization” by Russian Prosecutor General’s Office

In a move that signals a further crackdown on critical news media and opposition voices in Russia, the prosecutor general’s office has declared The Moscow Times as an “undesirable organization.” This designation means that the popular online newspaper, which caters to Russia’s expatriate community, must cease all operations within the country. Furthermore, any Russian individual who cooperates with the paper could face up to five years in prison.

This decision follows the earlier classification of The Moscow Times as a “foreign agent” in November, which imposed financial scrutiny and required the publication to prominently display its status on all public material. The newspaper had already relocated its editorial operations out of Russia in 2022 due to a law that imposed harsh penalties on content deemed to discredit the Russian military and its actions in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times, which started as a daily print publication in 1992 before transitioning to online-only in 2017, has faced increasing restrictions in recent years. Its Russian-language site was blocked in Russia shortly after the start of the conflict in Ukraine.

This move is part of a broader pattern in Russia, where the government has targeted individuals and organizations critical of the Kremlin. Other media outlets such as Novaya Gazeta and Meduza have also been labeled as “undesirable,” while prominent opposition figures like Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Kara-Murza, and Ilya Yashin have been imprisoned.

The escalating crackdown on dissenting voices in Russia raises concerns about the state of press freedom and political opposition in the country. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

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