November 18, 2017

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Russian Lawmakers Approve New Restrictions On Foreign Media

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Russian lawmakers in the State Duma applaud after voting to allowing the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents Wednesday. Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP hide caption

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Russia’s State Duma has adopted restrictions on foreign media outlets, days after the U.S. Justice Department forced a Russian TV station’s production company to register as a foreign agent operating in the U.S.

“A total of 409 lawmakers out of 450 voted for the amendments, no one voted against them or abstained,” Russian state media Tass reported.

Passage of the measure in the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, came days after the company behind TV channel RT America filed paperwork under the U.S. Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938.

Announcing the registration earlier this week, the Justice Department said, “Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the U.S. government or public on behalf of foreign principals.”

In its filing, the company said that while it gets a “substantial” amount of its money from Russia’s government, it does not attempt to influence political discourse.

From Moscow, NPR’s Lucian Kim reports:

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