The foreign agent status? What about the foreign agent status? We were not the ones to invent it. Did we come up with the foreign agent status? Since 1938 or 1937, I think, since 1938, this law has been in effect in the USA, they still use it. Why does it matter? I beg your pardon, but in certain countries, Jews were forced to wear yellow stars on their clothes. So? What difference does it make who invented what? What do yellow stars have to do with any of this? But it’s a mark! … and the Holocaust?
No, there is a big difference. The United States of America is not Nazi Germany and it should not be blamed… No, there is a big difference. The United States of America is not Nazi Germany and it should not be blamed… It was a bad parallel, unfair and having nothing to do with reality. Meaning we stand up for America? I stood up for America – in this case, yes, I did it. But they invented this law and have been actively using it, including a very recent case. Our citizen, a woman (she later became quite famous) was jailed as a foreign agent. Excuse me, but she was facing a 12-year sentence there. Right? I don’t want to say some other words. So what? They use it. We have no such thing. We only have an administrative penalty for this. And what is the purpose of that law? It exists simply to protect Russia from external meddling in its politics. There is no other purpose. While some countries prohibit the activity of such organizations, we don’t ban it. They are free to keep working. By the way, this practice is a well-established one. They continue to work. However, they are required to report if they receive funding from abroad and are engaged in internal political activity. Nobody’s rights are being infringed on here whatsoever. There is nothing that runs counter to international practice. Some may be reluctant to say: yes, I am involved in domestic political affairs and I am doing that with the money I get from a foreign source, with foreign money. But that’s not fair. They’d better admit it and continue their activity. So, the question is different. And there is a question. And I believe that human rights activists are right in drawing my attention to this. We need to have a very clear idea of what internal political activity is. We need to ensure that there are no misconceptions. And we need to ensure that no other activity – involving humanitarian matters, for instance, public health or environmental protection – is used as a disguise to engage in domestic political affairs. So foreign agents exist only in politics? Absolutely. This is only about domestic political activity and the funding of that activity from foreign sources.