Russia’s state-owned media giants have been named of “essential significance” to Russia’s state security, the Meduza news website reported Wednesday.
The Rossiya Segodnya news agency (formerly RIA Novosti,) the TASS news agency, and the VGTRK television and radio holding, all made the list of of state companies that bear “essential significance in protecting the rights and lawful interests of Russian citizens, as well as defense potential and security of the state.”
The list, which was first approved on Dec. 31, 2016, and published on Jan. 11, also named the Federal Guard Service and the Federal Security Service to be of importance, as well as companies involved with the Defense Ministry, made the list.
The 64 state-run companies on the list will be given special dispensations when taking part in procurement deals, Meduza reported.
Original Meduza Story:
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“Russia Today” and TASS recognized as important for national defense and security
Agency “Russia Today” and TASS, as well as the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), and the television center “Ostankino” are included in the list of FSUE having “essential to ensure the legitimate rights and interests of Russian citizens, defense and security.”
The list was approved by the Government Resolution of 31 December 2016. January 11 list was published on the legal information portal.
In addition to state-owned media in the list of importance for defense and security of the country’s federal state unitary enterprises also hit the company FSO, Federal Security Service and the Ministry of Defense, including the Kaliningrad newspaper “Guardian of the Baltic.”
The list also includes the federal state unitary enterprises Corporation “Rosatom” and the management of the affairs of the President of the Russian Federation, including the “President-service” and the trading house “Kremlin”.
In total, the list includes 64 federal state unitary enterprise.
Federal state unitary enterprises, which are essential for safeguarding the rights and legitimate interests of Russian citizens, defense and security, can carry out public procurement under the simplified scheme. The bill allowing the government to draw up such a list was adopted at the end of 2016.
In the federal state unitary enterprises, not included in the government’s list, with the January 1, 2017 subject to the contractual rules of the system, rather than the softer the law on public procurement. In particular, the federal state unitary enterprises are now required to publish all information on procurement and spend them strictly regulated procedures.