Russia has added Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Dmitry Muratov to its register of “foreign agents.”
Muratov, who is the editor of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, made the headlines last year when he announced plans to auction the Nobel Peace Prize medal he was awarded in 2021 to raise money for Ukrainian refugees.
Under a law expanded in December 2022, Russia requires all individuals or organizations receiving either funding or support from abroad to be classified as “foreign agents.”
Critics say Russia has used this legislation to stifle free speech and freedom of expression in the country, pointing to the restrictions faced by “foreign agents” which include a ban from most teaching jobs and state funding for projects.
Muratov appeared on the Russian Ministry of Justice’s register of foreign agents on Friday.