Rus­sia pro­poses des­ig­nat­ing many for­eign me­dia as ‘agents’

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MOSCOW — Rus­sian law­mak­ers on Tues­day pro­posed leg­is­la­tion that could des­ig­nate nearly all for­eign me­dia in the coun­try as “for­eign agents,” a move to re­tal­i­ate for a U.S. re­quire­ment aimed at Rus­sia’s state-funded RT tele­vi­sion sta­tion.

The leg­is­la­tion, which law­mak­ers are ex­pected to ap­prove Wed­nes­day, rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion in a tit-for-tat tar­get­ing of for­eign me­dia fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the 2016 U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Un­der the new mea­sures, the Rus­sian Jus­tice Min­istry could re­quire any me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions in the coun­try that re­ceive for­eign fund­ing, to join a reg­istry, is­sue spe­cial dis­claimers on ar­ti­cles and sub­mit fi­nan­cial re­ports un­der penalty of fines or a pos­si­ble ban on op­er­a­tions.

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