Russia’s parliament is calling for an investigation of CNN and other American media operating in Russia.
The announcement came just days after the US Department of Justice issued charges Wednesday on two Russian spies for alleged email hacking.
The Blaze reports:
The Russian parliament has announced it plans to investigate CNN, the Voice of America, and other U.S. media outlets “for compliance of their activities with Russian legislation,” according to a statement made by the parliament on its website Friday.
The investigation would be carried out by the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, a committee in the State Duma. According to multiple reports, CNN, Radio Liberty, and the Voice of America were singled out by the parliament, but other “U.S. media” will be investigated as well.
The decision was reportedly made in retaliation to a bill introduced by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) earlier this week. The bill would empower the Department of Justice with more tools to investigate state-owned Russian media outlet RT America for any violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Jeanne Shaheen’s website concludes:
The Director of National Intelligence’s recent report titled Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections concluded that RT News officials have structured their affiliate organizations to deliberately circumvent U.S. reporting and disclosure requirements under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Senator Shaheen’s Foreign Agents Registration Modernization and Enforcement Act gives the Department of Justice new authority to compel organizations like RT America to produce documentation on funding sources and foreign connections.
Angered by Shaheen’s accusations, the Russian Parliament is spreading a counter message of distrust. If Russian propaganda is twisting the truth, a crackdown on American owned media operating there will further that objective.
The Blaze continues:
“We have good reason to believe that RT News is coordinating with the Russian government to spread misinformation and undermine our democratic process,” said Shaheen in a press release issued by her office. “The American public has a right to know if this is the case. RT News has made public statements boasting that it can dodge our laws with shell corporations, and it’s time for the Department of Justice to investigate. My bill provides the authority needed to request documentation of RT News and find out who they’re accountable to.”
The Russian parliament’s decision came just two days after U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told NBC News that Russian threats must be taken “seriously” and emphatically stated the Russian government is untrustworthy.
“We cannot trust Russia,” Haley said on Wednesday. “We should never trust Russia.”
Relations are heating up as the American public and the Russian people wait to see what these investigations reveal.