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Russia's broadside against US media is part of the fallout from allegations that the Kremlin interfered in the USA presidential election previous year in favour of Donald Trump.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law last month the measures in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable United States pressure on Russian media.

In retaliation, Russian Federation adopted a bill that allows the government to designate global media outlets as foreign agents. "Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana J. Boente said in a statement, 'Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the USA government or public on behalf of foreign principals'".

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The Broadcasting Board of Governors, the USA agency that oversees the news organizations, issued a statement in October in response to the Russian threat. The DOJ action relied upon the Foreign Agents Registration Act, which was originally drafted to deal with Nazi propaganda in World War 2.

Russian Federation could bar access to Russia's lower house of parliament for up to ten American media outlets, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Monday.

The news organizations are funded by the US government.

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The new designation subjects affected USA -backed news outlets to the same requirements that are applied to foreign-funded non-governmental organisations under a 2012 law.

Kremlin-funded RT television was registered with the U.S. Justice Department last month as a foreign agent following a demand from Washington.

"The networks of the BBG, including Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, are free and independent of the United States government and deploy honest and independent journalism on behalf of our audiences around the world", BBG CEO John Lansing said in the statement.

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