The state Duma forbade attendance at meetings of the lower house of Parliament, representatives of the American media, which was recognized in Russia as «foreign agents». Appropriate action was taken in response to the deprivation of the Russian TV company RT accreditation in the us Congress.
The entrance to the building of the state Duma is closed to representatives of two American media recognized in Russia as «foreign agents». This was stated at the plenary session the head of the Duma Committee on rules Olga Savastianova, reports TASS.
«Companies are not nine, but two. Nine — those which are recognized by the [Ministry of justice] «foreign agents», she said.
Of the nine media, which was recognized as «foreign agents», accredited at the foreign Ministry on the visit of the state Duma have only the «Voice of America» and «Radio Liberty».
According to her, this «the solution is not technical but political.» Problem to restrict free speech against foreign journalists were not.
Our decision is a response, mirror on the actions of American politicians,» she said.
The day before December 5 it became known that nine media included in the list of registered as foreign agents. This decision was made by the Ministry of justice of Russia. The list includes, in particular, «Voice of America» and «Radio Liberty». In the Federation Council noted that the list of media-registered as foreign agents will not expand.
On 29 November head of the Executive Committee of correspondents, radio and television in the U.S. Congress, Craig Kaplan noted that the RT journalists were denied accreditation by the U.S. Congress. According to him, this decision was adopted on 21 November for the unanimous vote in the Committee due to the fact that the Manager of an American branch of RT company «was registered as a foreign agent in the United States.»