Russian lawmakers are reportedly preparing to retaliate for the U.S. approach to the state-funded RT’s operations in America. In this photo from 2015, RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan (right) is seen with Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) and Kremlin’s first deputy chief of staff, Alexei Gromov, as they marked RT’s 10th anniversary in Moscow. Mikhail Klimentyev/AP hide caption
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Bowing to pressure from the U.S. Justice Department, the production company behind media outlet RT America registered as a foreign agent on Monday. Russian leaders are criticizing the move, and lawmakers in Moscow are preparing a “symmetric legislative response,” according to the state-run Tass news agency.
In the filing, RT America’s partner company said it wasn’t sure how much of its funding comes from the Russian Federation. The media operation had faced a Nov. 13 deadline to register that was set by the U.S. government.
“Between legal action and registration [as a foreign agent], we have chosen the latter,” RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said in a Twitter post that was translated from Russian by RT in its story about the registration. In her tweet, Simonyan added that she “congratulates