The Spanish news agency Efe reported that it was suspending its activities in Russia.

“The Efe agency has decided to temporarily suspend its information activities in Russia from today as a consequence of the adoption of a new law that provides for a penalty of up to 15 years in prison for spreading what the authorities may consider “false information” regarding the war in Ukraine,” Efe reports.

The Spanish state broadcaster RTVE also announced that it had decided to temporarily stop working from Russia.

Earlier, a number of other Western media, including the BBC, CNN and Bloomberg, announced the suspension of their work in Russia in connection with the adoption of the law on criminal liability for the public dissemination of deliberately false information about the use of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation.

The Federation Council approved on Friday a law on criminal punishment and large fines for fakes about the actions of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, their discrediting, as well as calls for sanctions against Russia. Fakes that have caused serious consequences will be punished by imprisonment for a term of 10 to 15 years.