USA Today reports:
Russia’s parliament has called for an investigation into U.S. media operating in its country in response to what it says are attacks on Russian media in the U.S, particularly state-funded broadcaster RT News. The State Duma, or lower house of parliament, called on its committee on information policy, information technology and communications to conduct an “audit” of Radio Liberty, the Voice of America, CNN and other U.S. media “for compliance of their activities with Russian legislation,” according to the legislative body’s website.
VOA is a federal entity, while Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is a private, nonprofit organization funded by a grant from the U.S. Congress. Konstantin Zatulin, a member of parliament from the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, requested the probe Friday to combat what he called a “repressive” move by the U.S. against RT. RT News runs numerous media operations worldwide, including RT America, a slick, English-language network.
Zatulin said he was responding U.S. politicians who have moved “from words to deeds” after long complaining the Russian media interfered in the internal affairs of the U.S. and particularly its presidential election. He specifically singled out Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., who this week introduced a bill in Congress to give the Justice Department new authority to investigate RT America’s potential violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
More from Radio Free Europe:
Shaheen told RFE/RL that it appeared her legislation had struck a nerve with the Kremlin and some Duma members. “My bill is straightforward: RT News has made public statements boasting that it can dodge our laws with shell corporations, and this legislation gives the Department of Justice the authority it needs to fully investigate,” Shaheen said in a statement. The Foreign Agents Registration Act is a decades-old law that requires anyone working in the United States on behalf of a foreign government, “in a political or quasi-political capacity,” to register with the Justice Department.