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Russia's RT Registers as Foreign Agent in US

Russia's RT Registers as Foreign Agent in US

The assessment also said RT America "has positioned itself as a domestic United States channel and has deliberately sought to obscure any legal ties to the Russian government, " but behind the scenes, "the Kremlin staffs RT and closely supervises RT's coverage, recruiting people who can convey Russian strategic messaging due to their ideological beliefs".

The US Department of Justice had given RT a Monday deadline to register its US operations or see its chief arrested and its accounts frozen, the channel said.

The chief editor of the Russian state-funded TV channel RT says the company has met the US demand to register as a foreign agent.

US intelligence officials consider RT a propaganda arm tied to the Russian government, but RT says it offers objective news coverage in the United States.

The registration follows an acrimonious back-and-forth between RT and the Justice Department about whether they should have to file paperwork under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, known as FARA.

"Between a criminal case and registration we have chosen the latter".

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In a statement by the DOJ on Monday, Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente said, "Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the US government or public on behalf of foreign principals".

Foreign government-owned news organizations, including China Daily, the English-language newspaper owned by China's government, register under FARA.

The United States and Russian Federation are engaged in a back-and-forth over "foreign agent" registration.

Roskomnadzor, the Russian telecoms watchdog, has also requested that it be given exceptional powers to block the websites of foreign media outlets and those of non-governmental organisations without first having to seek a court order.

RT, which is funded by the Russian government, said in September that the Justice Department had asked the network to register as a foreign agent.

US government-sponsored Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), CNN and Germany's Deutsche Welle could all be affected by the retaliatory measures, a senior Russian lawmaker said earlier on Monday.


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