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Russia labels American outlets as ‘foreign agents’

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on  new measures allowing authorities to list media outlets as “foreign agents” in response to what Kremlin says is unacceptable Washington pressure on Russian media abroad.

The law passed through both Russian houses of parliament in the last two weeks. It will allow Moscow to force foreign media to brand news they provide to Russians as the work of “foreign agents” and oblige them disclose their funding sources.

A copy of the law was published on the Russian government’s online legislation database on Saturday, saying it entered into force from the day of its publication.

Russia’s move against American media is part of the fallout from allegations that Russia interfered in last year’s presidential election in favor of Donald Trump.

US intelligence officials have accused Kremlin of using Russian media organizations it finances to influence voters, and Washington has since required Russian state broadcaster RT (Russia Today) to register a U.S.-based affiliate company as a “foreign agent”.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denied meddling in the election and said the restrictions on Russian broadcasters in the United States are an attack on freedom of speech.

The Russian Justice Ministry last week published a list of nine American news outlets which could fall under new rules.

It said it had written to the government-sponsored Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), along with seven separate Russian or local-language news outlets run by RFE/RL.

Ukraine bans Russian TV and social networks

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has imposed a ban on Russia’s biggest social media networks and internet services popular with millions.

The decision is a significant move of building up of sanctions on Russia for Crimea and the continuing conflict in Donbass.

Those targeted include social networks VK.com and ok.ru (alumni,class-mates), search engine Yandex and the Mail.ru email service.

Russia Today”  TV channel suspended for three years, and also  falls under the blocking of assets, suspension of the fulfillment of economic and financial obligations, as well as restriction or termination of the provision of telecommunications services and the use of public telecommunications networks.

In addition sanctions are imposed on a number of Russian media less known in the West, but paramount for Russian-speaking audiences as All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (BГТРК)including channel Rossia, National Media Group, NTV-plus.

“For me personally,  Ukraine consistently prohibits not only the dissemination of Russian-language content, but also a platform for communication in Russian, including social networks, which is a very sad fact” –  the spokesperson of NTV-Plus said. “It would be more honest to ban Russian language,” – he added. The general director of NTV-Plus Mikhail Demin ensured the ban has no significant consequences in financial terms.