Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov Outlined the Need to Create a List of Fifth-Column Foreign Agents Operating in Russia

Political scientist Sergey Markov supported the idea of State Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov to create an “anti-provocation list”, which would include the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov, blogger Aleksey Navalny, and other traitors to Russia’s national interests.

The reason for putting forward the initiative to create an “anti-provocation list” was the “Novaya Gazeta” article called “War on interest“, in which the authors suggest that Russia should side with the National Transitional Council militants in the Libyan conflict. According to Milonov, in this way the opposition media tried to harm the national interests of the Russian Federation.

In this regard, he called on the government to urgently develop measures to protect national interests from such advisers. In order to do this, the parliamentarian proposed to draw up a special list of provocateurs and apply severe measures of influence against them, including expulsion from the country.

Russians should understand that it is necessary not to pursue self-promotion, but to protect the country, defending common national interests, explained the Deputy.

Commenting on the initiative, Sergey Markov, General Director of the Institute for Political Research and co-chairman of the National Strategy Council, called the creation of such a list “absolutely unavoidable”.

“In Russia, there are politicians who can argue about how to do things for the country better, and there is a ‘fifth column’ that thinks only about how to do worse. They are closely associated with foreign states and are, in fact, foreign agents. Legally, this can’t always be proved, but in practice it is. For example, I am asked how I know that Navalny is an American agent? I do not have any counterintelligence data, but since the crisis of 2013 started, there is not a single political issue where Navalny’s position does not completely coincide with the position of US intelligence agencies. From this, we can conclude that there is a unified political team. And such things relate to a number of other people who need to be somehow isolated, “ he explained.

According to Markov, there are similar provocateurs in other countries, and the creation of “anti-provocation lists” is an attempt to find a solution to the problem.

“Sometimes the truth cannot be separated from a lie in a purely legal way. But it must be defined. Therefore, Milonov’s proposal, although it looks crazy, is an attempt to give an answer to a real problem. There should be an understanding that such and such people are recognised as foreign agents and they are forbidden to participate in the political life of the country, hold elected offices, and so on,” assured the political scientist.

Maksim Belousov

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