Putin signs foreign agents media law

President Vladimir Putin signed into law the bill that will label certain media outlets as “foreign agents,” the Russian daily Vedemosti reports. Once listed as “foreign agents,” media outlets will be subjected to numerous regulations, including a requirement that they place disclaimers in their articles and broadcasts disclosing their status as a foreign agent. Russia’s Justice Ministry has released a list of nine U.S. government-sponsored news outlets that will fall under the foreign agent label. The list consists of Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), as well as seven separate Russian or local-language news outlets that are run by RFE/RL.


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