Russian Parliament To Ban Access To All US Reporters

In response to the recent crackdown against RT and Sputnik who saw their TV station credentials recently yanked by the US government, which is rapidly descending into a neo-McCarthyite abyss, Russia’s parliament said it would bar U.S. media from reporting within its walls in retaliation.

Olga Savastyanova of the State Duma told Russian news agencies on Friday that she expects the Duma to adopt the ban next week.

“By our decision we are offering this move for the consideration of the State Duma Council and plenary session. We are expressing our attitude to the inadmissibility of attacks on democratic values, freedom of speech and the right to receive objective information,” Savastyanova told RIA Novosti on Friday.

Savastyanova emphasized that the ban was a reciprocal action introduced after RT America was stripped of accreditation with the US Congress. According to current regulations any foreign reporter must receive an accreditation with the Foreign Ministry to work in Russia. Once received, this document grants free access to the Parliament.

Separately, the AP reported that Igor Morozov, member of the information policy committee at the Federation Council, told the RIA Novosti news agency that the upper chamber of the Russian parliament would support the ban and could vote to enforce it later this month.

As of this moment, foreign correspondents in Russia can access the Russian parliament and some government agencies with their press credentials issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry; that access will likely be lost in a few days.

The action is retaliation to a Wednesday decision by a committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists, which withdrew credentials for Russia's RT after the company complied earlier this month with a U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Russia has denounced the move as a violation of media freedom. The U.S. move and the Russian threats of retaliation follow the endorsement of a new Russian bill that allowed the government to designate international media outlets as foreign agents in response to the U.S. demand made to the RT TV channel.

Asked about the possible ban for U.S. media to report from the Russian parliament, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday he views the initiative “with understanding.”


kochevnik Arnold Fri, 12/01/2017 - 07:31 Permalink

Empty apartments now need renting.  American journalists reliable tenants. Endless propaganda and fake news assignments.  Will miss American spook payments.  Not they do much else but shit face at bars

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shamus001 Never One Roach Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:56 Permalink

I dont like this... not one bit! I was young and remember the cold war. Russia always held a dark and secretive aura...dark and creepy because of the lack of reciprical transparancy. F@ck clinton and the Dem crooks! I dont blame Russia one bit for her lost-tired candidacy! Im a griwn f-n man, and if RT did anything, it revealed alittke light on her dark secrets! Most of what was revealed had NOTHING to docwith RT! This is a continual "creep" towards Democrat WAR with Russia! Were still creeping in that direction, its time to start writing DJT and scale this deep state crap BACK

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Pieter Bruegel… Fri, 12/01/2017 - 07:23 Permalink

Lol. Why are they just doing this now?They should have banned any big Western "news" agency from the Russian federation a long time ago. Surely Putin knows of the connections between the MSM and the deep state.

BandGap Fri, 12/01/2017 - 07:22 Permalink

This is not good.But it is odd, the duality. There's the tit-for-tat with the media and then there's Trump meeting Putin while in Asia.Something going on away from prying eyes.

east of eden Fri, 12/01/2017 - 07:46 Permalink

Seems to me like it is America that is being isolated, and not the other way around. Britain, now Russia. France, Canada and Mexico don't want anything to do with you and China probably hates your guts, but putting business first, will continue to deal with you, at least for a while longer.Congratulations. 

Dg4884 Fri, 12/01/2017 - 07:47 Permalink

i say brilliant.  You have Trump and Putin who are obviously on speaking terms, and a US MSM that's running around like weaponized autism.  Ban 'em completely.  I wonder if Trump is ulitmately forcing a purge in the leftist media.

WTFUD Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:11 Permalink

For the fact that Trump is unable to even Override US Deep State Department's ILLEGAL decision to refuse Russia access to their US Diplomatic Embassies, tells me he's Lame Duck, much like Obama.

my new username Fri, 12/01/2017 - 08:12 Permalink

Just to be clear, this is not being driven by the US Government, but by the Dem/RINO alliance in Congress, working in concert with their Deep State colleagues in the media/Intel complex.