Poroshenko backs idea of registration of Russian agents of influence
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has backed the idea of drafting a bill on the registration of Russian agents of influence.
"I support the idea of a bill on the registration of agents of influence from the aggressor state – the Russian Federation," Poroshenko said in his annual State of the Nation Address in parliament on September 20, an UNIAN correspondent reported.
In his words, there is still a "network of Russian agents in Ukraine that take the media under control, multiply independent public organizations – they are in fact independent, but they are independent of Ukraine and are controlled by the Kremlin and are spreading anti-Ukrainian, anti-European and anti-American sentiments."
He says such a law will not affect civil society, the media and is not a violation of the freedom of speech.
As UNIAN reported, on September 17, Chairman of the People's Front parliamentary faction, Member of Parliament Maksym Burbak said the faction proposes drafting and passing a bill on the registration of foreign agents, which should neutralize the Kremlin's influence on elections in Ukraine.