RT America begrudgingly registers as foreign agent of Russian government
* * * * * BBC, Telesur, Haaretz, Al Jazeera up next?? How about AIPAC??
RT America begrudgingly registers as foreign agent of Russian government, 11/13/2017
The Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 has become a hot topic in 2017, with high-profile Washington actors from Paul Manafort to Tony Podesta to Michael Flynn facing accusations they violated the law — a crime that historically has resulted in few prosecutions.
Under intensifying pressure from the Department of Justice, which oversees enforcement of FARA, Russian website and television channel RT America announced it would register as a foreign agent last Thursday. “Our lawyers say that if we don’t register as a foreign agent, the director of our company in America could be arrested, and the accounts of the company could be seized,” RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan claimed in a statement. “In short, in this situation the company would not be able to work. Between those consequences and registering as a foreign agent, we are forced to choose registration.”
T&R Productions, described by the Washington Post as “the company that operates RT,” filed FARA registrations on Friday which have since been published on the DOJ’s website. As the Post reported, T&R’s filing said “it had received payments from a foreign principal identified as ANO TV-Novosti, a Russian media company,” as seen on page three of this disclosure, and listed Mikhail V. Solodovnikov as the company’s sole owner.
As assessment issued by U.S. intelligence agencies in January reportedly described RT America as “a Kremlin-financed channel operated from within the United States” that “has positioned itself as a domestic US channel and has deliberately sought to obscure any legal ties to the Russian government.”
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