MOSCOW, November 10. /TASS/. Legislative Russia’s response to the request of the US Department of justice, to RT to register as a foreign agent will be to consolidate the same form of words in the Russian legal norms. This was reported to journalists on Friday, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin.
Earlier, Deputy speaker of the house Peter Tolstoy reported that the state Duma will initiate the drafting of bills on SLR restrictions on the media financed from abroad and in Russia hosting unwanted content. This measure will be adopted in response to the request of the US Department of justice, to RT to register as a foreign agent. In particular, according to Tolstoy, the state Duma may adopt a law on mass media – foreign agents.
“If RT is recognized in the USA as a foreign agent, then the majority of the work from the point of view of legislative adjustments and implementation of Russia’s steps in response, will be based around these wordings,” said Levin, the proviso that he does not want “to prejudge how it will look in final form.”
“If the Russian media is recognized as a foreign agent, our job as legislators to consider measures SLR in a legal format that would help to implement a mirrored approach to such measures of our American colleagues,” he confirmed. According to the MP, the task is to “next week to go for legal solutions”.
Earlier, the U.S. justice Department demanded that the American branch of Russian TV company RT until November 13 to register as a foreign agent. This TV company reported Thursday on its website. Director General of RT, Alexey Nikolov at a meeting of the interim Commission of the Federation Council’s information policy and interaction with the media indicated that the channel is not pleaded noagenda. The chief editor of RT Margarita Simonyan said later that the guide channel was forced to agree to the registration ieagent, because otherwise the company will not be able to work in the United States, as the leader of its representative offices and accounts can be arrested.