Konstantin Zatulin, the First Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma for the CIS, has asked the State Duma to check that the activities of “Radio Liberty” and “Voice of America” are in compliance with Russian law, as reported by Interfax news agency.
"I propose that we give official instruction to the Information Policy Committee to check that the activities of companies such as “Radio Liberty” and “Voice of America”, which have Russian service, are in compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation," Zatulin said at a meeting of the State Duma.
According to him, such a step is a response to a bill introduced by U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen on the modernization of registration of foreign agents and its enforcement. "The senator directly explains the introduction of the bill as the threat that exists from TV channel “Russia Today” to seduce the American people with Russian propaganda," Zatulin said.
On March 15, Democratic Party senator Jeanne Shaheen introduced a bill granting the U.S. Department of Justice additional powers to investigate potential violations of U.S. law by RT America, which is funded by Russian authorities. In her bill, Shaheen insists on the implementation of the law on the registration of foreign agents. She believes that RT America and other organizations should submit documents on sources of financing and foreign ties.