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Russia Adopts Foreign Agent Bill For Media As Response To US Actions


Russia Adopts Foreign Agent Bill For Media As Response To US Actions

Yuri Kochetkov/Reuters

Russia’s State Duma has adopted in the third final reading an amendment that allows it to treat media outlets funded by foreign countries as foreign agents, with the Ministry of Justice set to make decision on the issue.

The amendments were added to the draft law on extrajudicial blocking of organizations’ websites banned in Russia which was adopted in October.

The amendments were developed by a working group led by deputy speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament, Pyotr Tolstoy. Tolstoy said that “the decision to extend the regulations of the Foreign Agents Law is forced.” He added that it would not affect the freedom of press in Russia.

According to RIA, Russia may impose restrictions on the Voice of America as part of response measures as response to the US actions that forced RT America to register as a foreign agent.

RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan announced that in order to avoid shutting down on the territory of the US the RT broadcaster has agreed to comply with the demand of the US Department of Justice to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Simonyan says that because the US does not want to violate its own press laws, the US authorities are creating conditions that make it impossible for RT to work in the country. The pressure against RT has led to mass resignations in the broadcaster’s US office and difficulties in finding new staff.



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  • Justin

    haha the US doesn’t understand that when u Censor a group, people start to seek them out more! They believe the US is trying to hide something! U can’t make RT look bad, they are a professional organisation! They have podcasts, apps, websites and are on every cable channel in all Western countries!
    The more they are censored, the more I will seek them! Even if I have to use a VPN to visit their website! “Rage against the dying of the light, rage, rage”!

  • Nigel Maund

    Russia is 100% right. The US, UK and EU are well advanced towards the Zionist International Bankster – Corporatist Cabals objective of establishing their Fascist Dictatorship over a sizeable proportion of the planet. Their electorates have been totally brainwashed by their controlled mainstream media which is largely directly supervised by the CIA.