Russia Launches Crackdown on Media Over 'Foreign Agent' Designation

Russia Launches Crackdown on Media Over 'Foreign Agent' Designation

Russia launched a crackdown on foreign media, with authorities announcing enforcement proceedings against Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Moscow bureau over unpaid fines and newly designating the independent online outlet VTimes as a "foreign agent."

Andrew H. Sweet
  • Russian bailiffs showed up at the Moscow bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) to notify the US-funded broadcaster about the launch of enforcement proceedings over unpaid fines.
  • Russia designated The Moscow Times' Russian-language partner VTimes a "foreign agent" as authorities pile more pressure on independent media.
  • Because VTimes has a Netherlands registration, the justice ministry added it to the list of "foreign agents."
  • The term "foreign agent" carries strong pejorative connotations in Russia.

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