Russia Names The 9 US News Outlets It Will Retaliate Against

Tyler Durden's picture

After hinting that retaliation was imminent, Russian lawmakers in the Duma - Russia’s lower house of Parliament - have approved a law that would require nine US news outlets to be labeled “foreign agents” in response to Washington's decision to require Russia Today to register as a foreign agent last week, a decision that Moscow has slammed as hypocritical and infringing on free speech.

Reuters reports that Russia’s lower house of Parliament has approved the law - which allows Moscow to force foreign media to brand news they provide to Russians as the work of “foreign agents” and to disclose the source of their funding.

The law must now pass the upper house, which is likely to happen next week. Once President Vladimir Putin signs it, it will become law. The path to passage looks relatively straightforward, and it's likely the bill will become a law.

The Russian Justice Ministry on Thursday published a list of the news outlets that it said could be affected by the law.

Meanwhile, the outlets are the US-government-sponsored Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe (RFE), otherwise known as Radio Liberty, radio channels, along with seven separate Russian or local-language news outlets run by Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.

One of the seven outlets provides news on Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, one on Siberia, and one on the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region. Another covers provincial Russia, one is an online TV station, another covers the mostly Muslim region of Tatarstan, and the other is a news portal that fact-checks the statements of Russian officials.

Russia's attack on US-funded media is part of the fallout from allegations that the Kremlin interfered in the US presidential election last year in favor of Donald Trump, Reuters noted.

US intelligence officials accuse the Kremlin of using Russian media organizations it finances to influence US voters. Meanwhile, the US has funded organizations like RFE since the early days of the Cold War. RFE was founded to broadcast pro-capitalist messaging to Soviet Satellites in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Kremlin denies meddling in the election and has said the restrictions on Russian broadcasters in the US amount to an attack on free speech. After the US forced RT to register, Kremlin spokespeople hinted that the government had a “surprise” retaliation at the ready.

The draft legislation would allow Russian authorities to designate foreign media as "foreign agents", making them subject to the same requirements that are applied to foreign-funded non-governmental organizations under a 2012 law. Under that law, "foreign agents" must include in any information they publish or broadcast to Russian audiences a mention of their "foreign agent" designation.

They also must apply for inclusion in a government register, submit regular reports on their sources of funding, on their objectives, on how they spend their money, and who their managers are.

They can be subject to spot checks by the authorities to make sure they comply with the rules, according to the 2012 law, which has forced some NGOs to close.

Radio Free Europe said in a statement it did not want to speculate what steps Russia might take against it next, and looked forward to continuing its journalistic work. Voice of America Director Amanda Bennett has said the station remains committed to providing independent news to global audiences.

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Robert Trip's picture

They left the porn channels alone.

Raffie's picture

We know CNN for sure will get nuked.

This is a good thing for sure.

Manthong's picture


Well the good news is that those secular propaganda channels will not be polluting Christian Russia as much……

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

No way, the Russians must love CNN, its their Comedy Central

BennyBoy's picture


RT: Influencing voters with the truth.

giovanni_f's picture

Bad times for Soros funded "media". That backfired quickly. Hope other countries will follow.

lil dirtball's picture

This whole false dichotomy of Russia v. US is laughable. It reminds me of an old cartoon (how apropos):

The Boy Who Cried Rat

When Ren and Stimpy are caught stealing out of garbage cans, they are chased out on the streets, and begin to starve. The pair then hatch a plan to get money and food: disguise Ren as a mouse and put him in a family's home, and turn Stimpy into a neighborhood mouse catcher.


The complete episode used to be on YouTube - but it's not there now, else I would have posted a link.

Manthong's picture


The goddam rooskies are going to kill Bert and Ernie…..

Have they no shame ?

Code Duello's picture

The Russians are reacting to this instance and to global geopolitical situations.  They need to seize the high ground and the situational initiative.  Otherwise they are going to be looking down the long barrel of an incoming ICBM nuke.

Handful of Dust's picture

CNN is not a news outlet; it's a propaganda spout.

AllBentOutOfShape's picture

Author of this article really needs to get their facts straight.


"Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014"

Should read: "Crimea, which reunified with Russia in 2014"

"Russia's attack on US-funded media is part of the fallout from allegations that the Kremlin interfered in the US presidential election"

Should read: "Russia's reciprocal measures placed on US-funded media"

NiggaPleeze's picture


And the irony:  US government funded media is now broadcasting Communist/Globalist propaganda into a Christian/Nationalist country.

Oy vey ....

lil dirtball's picture

I bet they do it in countries outside of the US also.

Call me crazy.

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

Voice of America is pure distilled CIA propaganda last time I knew.

Mustafa Kemal's picture

"Voice of America is pure distilled CIA propaganda last time I knew."

Radio Free Europe, Stars and Stripes -been CIA for a long, long time.

gladih8r's picture

It's too bad that the CIA is not investing any money in restoring true capitalism and exposing treason, fraud and other systemic problems domestically.  I would posit that this would pay much greater dividends than fuckin' with Putin day and night. 


fleur de lis's picture

Too bad the CIA is so chicken and bought off that it would not think of protecting America first by setting up and taking down the anti-American Soros.


detached.amusement's picture

that's midunderstanding the entire mission of the cia

king leon's picture

Why do CNN need to be in Russia? in fact why do CNN need to be in any country. I thought CNN spun their lies in the CNN building car park They did that during the Iraq war.

HRClinton's picture

VOA and Radio Free Europe is 100% CIA + State Dept.

That's "porn" of a different sort: Oral porn.

DeputyDan DistronMan's picture

This is all staged.  The only people that are harmed are people who want the truth about anything...which by now we should know is rigged and staged.  This back and forth of banning simply harms the ability to get any good real information.  Even if staged.  Once you cut off communication you can rule however you wish.  Russia is no different than Japan during WW2, Suadi Arabia during 9-11, or Russia during the cold war.  Its all premeditated lies to control anything they wish.

Proctologist's picture

And none of those people work in the United States government, and few of those people work in the Russian government.

johngaltfla's picture

LOL, Putin wimps out. He should have added the AP and CNN to the list. What a pussy.

Arnold's picture

The Communist News Network and Another Pravda?
I don thin so Babalouie.

GreatUncle's picture

Exactly and why the US and alot of other western countries are censoring news and blocking channels.

But hey if you prefer to think only Russia is criminal go for it.

BOPOH's picture

So true. Russia and USA are controled enemies.

Exterminate God's choosen people and it would be no wars and conflicts on mother Earth...

Just imagine...

RawPawg's picture

and then they take ya to war

Nuclear War,that is.....

serotonindumptruck's picture


That's exactly the type of behavior one would expect of a spoiled child throwing a temper tantrum.

Unfortunately for everyone else on the planet, the USSA will use the Samson Option to spoil the festivities.

Nobodys Home's picture

Black gold.
Russian tea.

You are my wife!
Goood bye city life.....oops sorry!

BorraChoom's picture

Listen to me boy, I had a son name Vlad
When the dual citizens came a coming he got mad
Poor Russian Dude He got bad, then Zionists got so sad
ISIS that is, Jihadi, Mohammed tea
Goodbye Sharia Life, Merkle is for me

Manthong's picture



that ain't gonna happen.......

...the Russians are too smart.......


little chldren everywhere...

think of me and I'll be there

44magnum's picture

"the station remains committed to providing independent news to global audiences." Hmm like RT if independent includes government financing

RumpleShitzkin's picture

All ours get funding.
Both white and black budget.

Dickweed Wang's picture

I've been watching RT for years and as far as providing somewhat of a balanced take on things they are far superior to any "news" outlet in the USA or the UK.  Everyone watching RT knows going in they are funded by the Russian government.  On the other hand we have so-called "news" organizations in the USA that are really nothing more than propaganda arms of the US government and they continually lie about that issue.

Is RT's coverage slanted towards a Russian view of things?  Of course they are but the fact is they will talk about issues on RT you will NEVER see mentioned on any US media outlet.  There are several things I have a beef with RT on including; their anti-2nd amendment stance, their promoting some really leftist views on things ("Redacted Tonight" is a prime example) and their going along with the "deep state" take on things like the authority's versions of events like Vegas and the Orlando shootings. In the end though you are much better off watching RT than anything produced in the US.

GreatUncle's picture

I look at RT for these concepts ...

1.) What stories are happening they are choosing to ignore in the MSM.

2.) The RT perspective coupled with the US one, somewhere in the middle it probably the truth.

3.) You get to see the lies you are being fed as propaganda and mind control.

quadraspleen's picture

“One of the seven outlets provides news on Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014”

No, it didn’t. Can’t believe we still have to point this out. Actually, I can..smh

Dickweed Wang's picture

Can’t believe we still have to point this out.


That's propaganda 101 at work there pal . . . tell the lie immediately, repeatedly and as loud as possible and eventually it becomes accepted as fact.

GreatUncle's picture

It also reveals the mindeset of the author.

-1 on the truth scales now, repeat the same concept often enough he may as well go and work for the onion for how much people will believe them.

HoPewGassed's picture


Missed opportunities. 

Or maybe Round 2. 

Nobodys Home's picture

SO? We defunded NPR too!

Endgame Napoleon's picture

Congrats, MSM: You are helping to usher in an new Cold War, thirty years after Gorbachev made the rounds of the chat shows, like Phil Donahue and Larry King Live and 25 years after the wall came down in Germany. Makes no sense.

Given the focus of the current US MSM, Russian bureaucrats will mostly be monitoring sex gossip, generated by, ummm, journalists (journalists lite), known in Russia as foreign agents.

kochevnik's picture

US Government wants domination of West Europe natural gas market, even at twice the price.  US Government has no ethics only feral fiat financialism

BorraChoom's picture

If only the US had a Patriot like Vladimir Putin.

BOPOH's picture

You are mistaken my friend. Vladimir Putin has one old friend  - his name is Henry Kissinger. Mr. Trump also has his old friend and what a strange fortune his name sounds very familia it is Henry Kissinger.

Their plan is very simple: - mutual distruction - all peoples begging for peace and security - new era of total pece and security forever under new world oder.

Don't fool yourself, all democratically elected leaders of this world are agents of the Great Synedrion.

Read Protocols attentively...


BorraChoom's picture

I fear the same, I hope that our fears are unfounded. Kissinger is Satan.

I think He should have leveled Kiev when the started murdering Donbass.

God Bless the Russian People for the US is doomed.

Volkodav's picture

      level Kiev?  ever think before post?

      we have friends in Kiev all hate what is happened to country




Anunnaki's picture

Too many useless eaters on the planet according to Hillary’s BFF Henry

HominyTwin's picture

Actions have consequences? Please don't tell our rulling elites in Washington. I want to see how long it takes for them to figure it out.

NoWayJose's picture

RT would have no influence in the US if our government agencies and media told us the truth. Any influence RT has comes from outright lies, false flags, lack of investigations and prosecution of selected individuals, deliberate smear campaigns, inventing evidence, concealing evidence, destroying evidence, etc,