A Russia Today (RT) television broadcast van is seen parked in Moscow

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RT has been ordered to register as a overseas agent within the US

Russia has declared 9 US media retailers, together with Voice of America and Radio Liberty, to be overseas brokers.

The brand new legislation that makes it attainable for overseas media to be declared overseas brokers was rushed by way of the Russian parliament final month.

It means the media retailers should declare their supply of funding.

The transfer is in retaliation for the US justice division ordering the Russian channels RT and Sputnik to register as overseas brokers there.

US intelligence companies have accused RT of being concerned in a marketing campaign of Russian interference in final yr’s US presidential election.

The broadcaster denies the declare.

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The proposal was authorised by Russia’s decrease home of parliament, the State Duma

By legislation, the 9 media organisations listed by the Russian justice ministry must model their output because the work of “overseas brokers” – and disclose their supply of funding.

An analogous legislation, concentrating on charities and different civil society teams, already exists.

Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty are funded by the US authorities. Seven different media retailers affiliated to them can even should label themselves overseas brokers.

It was a response to the US department of Kremlin-funded broadcaster RT being required to register in America as a overseas agent. Russia’s decrease home of parliament, the Duma, has additionally indicated it is going to bar a number of US media organisations from accessing parliament.

The record of 9 media retailers contains web sites, radio and tv stations run by the 2 US government-funded broadcasters which goal the North Caucasus and Crimea.

A few of their broadcasts are within the Tatar and Bashkir languages.