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

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.



YUNOSELL Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:03 Permalink

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.

PT RawPawg Tue, 12/05/2017 - 18:37 Permalink

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.

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JDLLDJ Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:09 Permalink

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

caconhma JDLLDJ Tue, 12/05/2017 - 17:21 Permalink

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.  

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adamas JDLLDJ Tue, 12/05/2017 - 18:17 Permalink

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 

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Citizen G Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:17 Permalink

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

Lumberjack Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:18 Permalink

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

gdpetti Herodotus Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:51 Permalink

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.

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mc888 Tue, 12/05/2017 - 15:53 Permalink

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 Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:44 Permalink

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.