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Russia Acts to Name U.S. Media as ‘Foreign Agents’ in RT Dispute

  • Parliament to amend law to impose new restrictions on media
  • Measure follows U.S. order for RT to register as foreign agent
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Russia is poised to list U.S. media outlets as “foreign agents” by extending legislation used to restrict the activities of civil society groups, in retaliation for an American order requiring state broadcaster RT to register for a similar status.

“Our law on foreign agents doesn’t apply to media but since they are taking such measures against our channels in the U.S., we should respond to these unfriendly acts,” Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the lower house of parliament, said Friday in comments posted on the State Duma’s website. Amendments to the legislation are expected to be submitted and approved next week, he said.