November 4, 2017
Russia is expected to start registering some foreign media as “foreign agents” this week.
Sources in the Russian senate say up to nine U.S. media outlets could be forced to register as “foreign agents.”
These include Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the move is reciprocal, and mirrors the Foreign Agents Registration Act in the U.S.
“All our reasonable messages are tried and challenged by the Russophobic congress and that is a great shame,” said Lavrov. “The law has passed, it is a framework one…it gives us an opportunity to take tit-for-tat steps.”
The Kremlin said it endorses the parliament’s decision to enforce a “foreign agents” legislation.
Parliament passed the law in response to the alleged mistreatment of Russian media in the U.S.