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Russian Upper House Approves Bill Targeting Foreign Media

Russian Upper House Approves Bill Targeting Foreign Media
Headquarters of Voice of America radio broadcasting network in Washington, D.C. (Alexey Agarishev/Sputnik via AP)

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 10:12 AM

Russia's upper house of parliament has unanimously approved a bill allowing the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents in a quid pro quo to the U.S. demand made to a Russian TV channel.

The Federation Council's vote Wednesday follows a quick approval of the bill by the lower house, days after the Russian state-funded RT television registered with the U.S. Justice Department as a foreign agent following pressure from Washington. President Vladimir Putin is expected to quickly sign it into law.

Without waiting for that, Russia's Justice Ministry last week warned the U.S. government-funded Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, along with its regional outlets, that they could be designated as foreign agents under the new law.

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Russia's upper house of parliament has unanimously approved a bill allowing the government to register international media outlets as foreign agents in a quid pro quo to the U.S. demand made to a Russian TV channel.The Federation Council's vote Wednesday follows a quick...
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