Russia: Upper house approves foreign agent media bill

The upper house of the Russian parliament, the Federation Council, approved overwhelmingly a draft law that would allow the government to require media outlets funded from abroad to register as foreign agents, in Moscow on Wednesday. One-hundred-and-fifty-four members of the council voted in favour of the law, while one abstained. The document will now go to the Russian president to be signed... Еще into law. The legislation will not apply to Russian media which receive foreign funding. The law was put to the State Duma, the lower house, and adopted by MPs on November 15. It comes in response to the US Department of Justice's order for RT America to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) on November 13.

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