The Ministry of Justice has included musician Andrei Makarevich on the list of "foreign agents" because of his interview with Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon. RBC writes about this with reference to Makarevich's lawyer Alexander Peredruk.
“Foreign funding was not found, but since he was interviewed by foreign journalists, it was considered ‘foreign influence’ – allegedly they provided him with a platform to spread his opinion,” he said.
Peredruk said that the Ministry of Justice regarded the interview with Gordon as "foreign influence", since the journalist himself is also on the list of "foreign agents". However, the interview with Makarevich came out before he was entered into the register. According to Peredruk, the Ministry of Justice also failed to explain what Gordon's influence on Makarevich was and why it was in the interests of Ukraine. Lawyer Pavel Chikov notes that Makarevich was the first to be included in the register of "foreign agents" not for funding, but for "foreign influence."