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Russia’s Justice Ministry adds lead singer of rock group Bi-2, journalists, and scholars to its list of ‘foreign agents’

Source: Meduza

Russia’s Justice Ministry updated its registry of “foreign agents.” New additions include Lyova Bi-2 (real name Yegor Bortnik), lead singer of the band Bi-2, and other individuals and organizations:

  • Irina Alleman — host of the YouTube channel Populyarnaya Politika (Popular Politics);
  • Alexandra Arkhipova — anthropologist;
  • Vladislav Inozemtsev — economist;
  • Magomed Gadzhiyev — former State Duma deputy;
  • Alexander Gabuyev — China specialist and director of Berlin’s Carnegie Russia Eurasia Center;
  • Olga Tsukanova — head of the Council of Mothers and Wives; 
  • Sergey Chernyshov — former director of the Novosibirsk Open City College;
  • Anna Pshenichnaya — journalist;
  • The People’s Union for the Revival of Russia;
  • The Council of Mothers and Wives.

The Justice Ministry explained its inclusion of Lyova Bi-2, saying the musician was against the “special military operation” and had “spoken negatively about the Russian Federation, its citizens, and state authorities.”

The ministry said former United Russia State Duma deputy Magomed Gadzhiyev, who lives abroad, “expressed willingness to cooperate with foreign sources in order to attain foreign citizenship” and “declared his support for the Ukrainian authorities.”

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