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Officials From Russia’s Media Regulator Under House Arrest Amid Fraud Investigation

Let’s see if I get the gist of this correct.  

Officials from Roskomnadzor are under house arrest but are not charged in a “massive financial fraud”.  

Something is not being said which should be said… anything I say at this point is a guess.  

  • Not closing down Western news media
  • Not finding an excuse to kick out Western reporters
  • Allowing articles critical of Putin to be published
  • Allowing articles exposing Russian corruption to be published
  • Allowing Putin to be mocked on his 65th birthday

Press Secretary and the Chief of the Legal Department… “massive financial fraud” sounds like a good general charge which will not be charged or investigated.  They simply did not follow some orders which they were probably expected to glean out of the fresh air.

Eventually we’ll find out more, no doubt. As of now, just sit back and watch this debacle implode. 

In the meantime, enjoy this peek into Roskomnadzor, from March 2015.

Last week, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (Roskomnadzor) announced that the salaries of its staff are being reduced this year “from 23% to 54%, depending on the region,” news agency TASS reported. 

For example, “a Roskomnadzor employee who received last year 50,000 or 55,000 rubles [around $1,350 at the average 2014 exchange rate] may now receive 25,000 or 27,000 [around $425 today],” TASS cited Roskomnadzor vice-director Alexander Pankov as saying. A regional executive may have seen his salary fall from 114,000 rubles to a mere 43,000 rubles, he continued.

Pankov also said that his organization has seen its field of responsibility practically double since 2009, if judging by the expansion in the reach of competencies, as the legal requirements for Internet surveillance increased. Meanwhile, the service staff was downsized by 20% in 2013, from 3,800 to 3,000 employees.

Roskomnadzor employees are being asked to do more with far fewer employees, for a lot less money, which look like poverty wages. Roskomnadzor is primed for financial ruination.

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October 12, 2017 10:53 GMT

Officials from Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor, including its press secretary, were placed under house arrest earlier this month amid an investigation into possible fraud, a Moscow court spokesman said.

Chertanovo District Court spokesman Stanislav Yezhov said on October 12 that Roskomnadzor press secretary Vadim Ampelonsky and the chief of the agency’s legal department, Boris Yedidin, were ordered under house arrest for one month on October 5.

Aleksandr Veselchakov, an adviser to the director of the state-run Main Radio Frequency Center, was also put under house arrest for the same period, Yezhov said.

According to Yezhov, the three are suspected of involvement in a massive financial fraud. He said none has been charged.

Roskomnadzor is the state agency that monitors electronic media, mass communications, information technology, and telecommunications to ensure their compliance with federal laws.

Kremlin critics accuse President Vladimir Putin’s government of using it as a tool to clamp down on Internet freedoms and stifle dissent.

Based on reporting by Rapsinews, Interfax, and TASS