In the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Radio Liberty, Voice of America and CNN broadcasters are regarded as “agents of U.S. pressure on the situation in Russia.”
On April 18, the head of the lower house Committee for Information Policy, Leonid Levin said that the US media is part of the “large-scale system of pressure of Washington,” which allegedly includes “various funds, non-governmental organizations, grants and much more.”
This statement was made by Levin on April 18 during hearings on this committee.
As Interfax reported, during the hearing, they decided to confine themselves to discussing this problem at the committee meeting with the participation of experts. No requests for compliance with Russian legislation were made.
On March 17, the Russian State Duma instructed the Committee for Information Policy to organize an audit of the activities of the Russian services of Radio Liberty, Voice of America, and CNN in compliance with Russian legislation. The author of this initiative, a member of the faction "United Russia," Konstantin Zatulin called it a response to a bill submitted to the U.S. Congress, which gives the Ministry of Justice additional powers to check the RT Russian TV channel for compliance with US laws.
Senator of the Democratic Party Jeanne Shaheen who proposed the bill noted that RT coordinates its activities with the Russian government to spread false information. Previously, this television channel was accused of involvement in the interference in the election of the U.S. president.
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