O Russia’s Ministry of Justice has included Andrei Illarionov, a former economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the list of “foreign agents”, revealed the Reuters news agency.
According to Moscow, Illarionov “spread false information” about Russian authorities and their decisions.
The 61-year-old Russian served as a Kremlin adviser from April 2000 until his resignation in December 2005, before moving to the United States.
He was in the news in April 2022, a few months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, for having stated in an interview that a change in the Kremlin should happen “sooner or later”, since it is “absolutely impossible to have a positive future in Russia with the current political regime”.
The label “foreign agent”, reminiscent of the Soviet-era “enemy of the people”, is used by Russian authorities to suppress critical voices.
Classification requires painful administrative processes and identification, including on social networks, under penalty of a fine.
The law on “foreign agents” was tightened in 2022, adding new prohibitions.
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