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Russia, In Tit For Tat, Investigates American News Outlets In Russia

Konstantin Zatulin, Russia First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, European Integration and Relations with Compatriots, has requested a committee in the Russian chamber to investigate American news outlets operating in Russia, such as CNN, Radio Free Liberty, and Voice of America. The actions seems to be retaliation for U.S. congressman empowering investigations against the Russian news service abroad, RT.

“I request the State Duma Committee for Information Policy, Information Technologies and Communications to probe into the activities of the US media outlets, including Radio Liberty, the Voice of America and CNN, to figure out it they are consistent with the Russian law,” the document reads, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

“The US politicians, who had been repeatedly accusing the Russian media of interfering in Washington’s internal affairs, moved from rhetoric to action after the US presidential election.”

“Taking into account the fact that investigations based on a repressive bill can damage the reputation of the Russian TV channel and Russia in general, I believe it necessary to take proactive measures.”

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced legislation to give the U.S. Department of Justice power to investigate Russia’s English-language TV channel RT America for possible violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

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