Russian TV network registers as foreign agent in US

Russian TV network registers as foreign agent in US

Russian Ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Antonov, on Monday voiced support to the journalists working for the American affiliation of the Russian television channel RT, which had to register itself as a foreign agent pursuant to demands of the US authorities, the embassy press service told TASS.

The U.S. Department of Justice had given RT until Monday to register its operations or face legal action, RT said.

Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of Russian broadcaster RT, meets with journalists, with the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour seen in the background, in Moscow, Russia, October 17, 2016. She previously said that the channel was being forced into "conditions in which we can not work" in the U.S., and called Washington's demand an attempt to "drive [RT] out of the country".

RT complained that it acquiesced to USA demands to register as a "foreign agent" only under duress, fearful that its director of channel operations in the U.S. could be arrested if it failed to comply. Refusing the order could result in the arrest of RT America's head, as well as the seizure of assets, rendering broadcasts impossible, she added.

"Between the criminal case and registration, we chose the latter".

Acting Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente asserted Monday that this is proper enforcement of FARA.

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FARA was passed in the run-up to World War II as a means of exposing pro-Nazi propagandists in the United States, and it requires Americans working on behalf of foreign governments to register with the US government.

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a demand to RT America, a subsidiary of the Moscow-based RT channel, to register as a foreign agent until November 13. The draft amendments, which will expand Russia's norms on the so-called foreign agents to media outlets, should be prepared by the State Duma by Tuesday morning, and are expected to be passed this week, the source in the lower house told Sputnik on Monday.

USA intelligence officials consider RT a propaganda arm tied to the Russian government, but RT says it offers objective news coverage in the United States. Under the act, RT will be required to disclose financial information.

But RT's editor in chief, Margarita Simonyan, said on Monday that it would comply with the demand in order to avoid further legal action by the US government.

FARA requires foreign governments, political parties and the lobbyists and public relations firms they hire in the United States to register with the Department of Justice.

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