Russia Declares 9 Media Entities "Foreign Agents," Bans Them From Parliament

Tyler Durden's picture

In accordance with a law passed last month by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia has officially declared nine US-backed media outlets to be foreign agents, according to the BBC.

Starting today, Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which are funded by the US government, and seven other media outlets affiliated with them will need to label themselves foreign agents. By law, the nine media organizations listed by the Russian justice ministry will have to brand their output as the work of "foreign agents" - and disclose their source of funding. Any "malicious" failure to comply could lead to fines or imprisonment of up to two years. As the BBC points out, a similar law, targeting charities and other civil society groups, already exists.

Russia's lower house of parliament, the Duma, has also officially banned all US reporters from entering Parliament effective today, according to the head of the Duma's rules committee.

The move was a retaliation against Washington's decision to force the US branch of Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT, as well as Sputnik, another Kremlin-funded site, to register as foreign agents. Those decisions followed disclosures by Twitter that it had banned RT from purchasing adds on its platform.

The list of nine media outlets includes websites, radio and television stations run by the two US government-funded broadcasters which target the North Caucasus and Crimea. Some of these broadcast in the Tatar and Bashkir languages.

US intelligence agencies have accused RT and an army of internet trolls allegedly connected to Russian intelligence of "sowing discord" in US society by propagating false or polarizing news stories.

The law will allow Moscow to force US-funded media outlets to brand the news provided to Russians as the work of "foreign agents" and to disclose their funding sources.


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YUNOSELL's picture

Of course no one trusts anyone anymore and this loss of trust will only continue to escalate in a system where so much fake money has been created to account for a much lower amount of real physical assets, and with the inevitable economic contraction comes the realization that what many people thought they owned all they have to show for it is a piece of paper.

InjectTheVenom's picture

Bigger  pee-pee :

>>>>    Putin   or

>>>>    Covfefe

PT's picture

Wise move.  Russia took one look at what MSM was doing to USSA and the rest of the West and decided it was too dangerous a cancer to try and contain.  Best to quarantine and sterilize, then burn it all back, just to make sure.

RationalLuddite's picture

USA own goal. Again

AlphaSeraph's picture

Own goal or conciously desired tit for tat leading to war?

847328_3527's picture

I think the world knows most of USA MSM --- CNN, NPR, NBC, NYT, WaPo --- are Fake News.

GreatUncle's picture

I don't even read that crap no more ... why read fake news or deceit?

RawPawg's picture

big deal,Vlad

it ain't like the peeps in the USA even care to read about Russian politics anyway

Davidduke2000's picture

Vlad is ruling the world moron, of course the world want to hear from him. buy the way the patriot missiles have been proven to be crap, just in case you are one of these people who still believe is us supremacy. 

BitchesBetterRecognize's picture

It ain't about the "well informed Americans" bothering to read foreign news, but rather having the USSA intel disguised in the MSM meddling & molding the truth to the global audience as it see it fits their propaganda. 


FoggyWorld's picture

Bet you anything that none of our MSM have spent an hour inside the Duma.  Ever.

justa minute's picture

one ring to rule them all, one ring to bind them all, What is that ring?

PT's picture

Even if the peeps in the USA do want to read about Russian politics, MSM ain't gonna report it or they ain't gonna report it accurately.  This move has zero impact on the MSM reader (perhaps lets him realize that MSM are making things up) but saves the Russkies from some frustration.

oncemore's picture

Kick them all out.

Cause some accidental deaths of US "journalists". See Mike Hastings, how to do it.

Kill those Soros' agents.

Pandelis's picture

this is moving quickly to nuclear wars ... ritual murders and human sacrifices same as always was ... armageddon here we come

viahj's picture

i'm going to miss my air conditioning

veritas semper vinces's picture

You can sniff the zionist kosher bullshit,instead.

Deathrips's picture

Ziomedia wants all non supremacists dead. Russia knows this.



JDLLDJ's picture

They should add the BBC to that list.. Im English, and i think that our dear BBC is the biggest propaganda machine going.. You should hear the shit they put on.. Disgraceful

Pandelis's picture

remember that may speech a couple of weeks ago: "we know what you are up to" ... go and deal with brussels now ... they pick you one by one ... yeah well, there is God at the end and they know it.

yaright's picture

Dont they charge everyone in the UK a fee to fund it?  

HRClinton's picture

English, eh?  Lucky for you a number of my friends are English, including my Best Man.

Damn Limeys!  ;-)

Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

The infection is widespread in the UK, too?

caconhma's picture

All, without any exceptions, government supported and mid-large mass media outlets owned and controlled by governments in all countries.

The only good news is that fewer and fewer people thrust to these propaganda enterprises. Consequently, fewer and fewer people are ready to support and protect today out from control government. As we observed very recently, even Soviet Union could not survive. The Masquerade called "Democracy" is about over.  

adamas's picture

I'm English too. The BBC is nothing more than a mouthpiece for MI6,  they corrupt everything they do. Even programs such as countryfile which was originally a programme for farmers is now a propaganda tool for global warmists,   the venerable David Attenborough loved by millions is used in their incessant brainwashing schemes.. RT provides news and perspectives never shown on the BBC,  such as the 500,000 people on the streets of Tel Aviv trying to overthrow netanyajoo during the Arab spring was not reported by the BBC,  but a kid throwing a rock in Tunisia was headline news.. fuck the BBC and its fake news 

veritas semper vinces's picture

The Pedophile British Bullshitting Corporation isn't worshiped by you,Brit SUBJECTS,anymore?

Hkan's picture

US going after Russian media but all "non controlled" media is target.

Citizen G's picture

Dear Mr Putin,
Will you please run for president of the United States in 2020. We’ll get Obama’s people to work on the whole birth certificate “non” issue. You can send all of our snowflakes to Chernobyl to soak up any remaining radiation, and your free to assasinate any or all members of our main stream media. Just don’t take away our guns, we hate that shit.

Citizen G

PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

I think a few years back Russian newspaper Pravda-English Edition issued a warning to the Americans never to give up the right to bare firearms. It has never being reported by the alphabetical new agents, but nonetheless it's a fact.

HRClinton's picture

LOL. Sounds intriguing, but I'm guessing he prefers making a difference and getting things done.

Our Presidents?  Soap opera stars.

Lumberjack's picture

Dec 4
Replying to @CIA
CIA zones in on Trump sons after secret surveillance tape changes course of dead end investigation. #Vault7

Lumberjack's picture

Tylers, the walmart card and you’ve won an iphone x pop ups are killing me....

HoPewGassed's picture

Yes Lumberjack, many of us would gladly turn off our AdBlockPlus at ZH to support the site, but the ads are so obnoxious we'd rather pay the penalites of blocking the relentless, CPU/GPU cycle hogging effluent. 

Tylers' marketing people actually operating against the site they work for.  Too bad they won't listen. 

Nostradumbass's picture

Because of the absolutely relentless and obnoxious ads on ZH, I have to toggle off the javascript & pop-ups on my Samsung phone so frequently that the glass is thinning in that part of the screen  ; 0

Have to toggle them on to perform other functions after ZH...


Nostradumbass's picture

I clicked that link - LOL!

BEEP-BEEP! You won $1,000    


HoPewGassed's picture

"a similar law, targeting charities and other civil society groups, already exists.

Who wrote that shit?!?!  George Soros or John McCain? 

PrometeyBezkrilov's picture

Propably the jewrnalists that are being paid for by the former. The law indeed exists, but according to the law, so called "charities" supposed to disclose the sourse of their income and donations. They are not banned, they just need to show who pays them-very good law, should be in place in the US.

LukeWorm's picture

"sowing discord" in US society by propagating false or polarizing news stories" 
Just like Fox News, Breitbart, ....

Herodotus's picture

Isn't the BBC a foreign agent?  It is state-owned.

gdpetti's picture

Yes, but like us, Western shit don't stink.... and the British oligarchy is in the same club as our 'chosen people'... so not a problem. The BBC is well known for its support for western imperialism, so we can count on them to keep up the 'good' work, as more and more force is needed these days to maintain control of the herd.

That said, our MSM is essentially state owned as well, only we in the West love those layers of deception... as the owners of the MSM is the same as the owners of DC/WallStreet/Fed/etc... so like the various 'isms (capitalism/socialism/communism/fascism/patriotism et al), it's always a question of which 'ism is best for the herd in the home market. The East doesn't do these mulitple layers of deception stuff.... it's always been more direct, in-your-face application of force... but the West and East seem to be merging in some ways, as the West moves to the NWO status of the global police state in the fast lane, assisted by all of our friends in our Axis of Evil.

Again, that said, American MSM doesn't cover Russia, only our propaganda about it that the political and propaganda porn stars love so much. We must remember that like the Roman empire, the oligarchs see themselves as the state, not us in the herd.. it is theirs to do with as they wish... which is whatever they can get away with without losing control of the herd.... us.

ZeroRange's picture

botty bangers club, bunch of paedo harboring fake news propagandists

mc888's picture

Voice of Propaganda and Radio Free Bunghole. Good start.

Since the advent of the "Fake News" narrative, our local cable provider has added i24 and EuroNews. Those 2 plus BBC need to register as foreign agents.

BetterRalph's picture

I don't even have to clarify the signal to tune in and I can smell the Agenda 2030 STENCH on thos socialist euro names you just typed.

StreetObserver's picture

RT is well worth watching. So what if its Russian propaganda?

CNN and U.S. media are U.S. and Wall Street propaganda.


mc888's picture

ZH was tearing down Wall St propaganda long before it was trendy.

And let's not forget to keep beating the dead horse formerly known as Smith-Mundt.

BetterRalph's picture

Talk to Pai at the FCC. Make a Complaint if CNN is on broadcast spectrum. If your local station is QUOTING CNN then complain in their public file about their FAKE NEWS SOURCES.

seriously it's past time to start taking this situation apart at the seams down to the roots.

thesoothsayer's picture

US wants them to register because they tell the truth.  Unlike CNN and the rest of the paid off media in the USA

BetterRalph's picture

Oh I remember this is the part in HBO's "Deadwood" where the Printer get's his heands smashed..

seriously if we want America to be great again we got to stop this fake Russian Witch Hunt.

Mike Masr's picture

They should have included fake news networks CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC in that list!!!