The Russian law is in response to the US requiring Russian state broadcaster RT to register its US-based affiliate as a “foreign agent”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law on Saturday new measures allowing authorities to list foreign media outlets as “foreign agents” in response to what Moscow says is unacceptable U.S. pressure on Russian media.
The new law has been rushed through both Russian houses of parliament in the last two weeks. It will now allow Moscow to force foreign media to brand news they provide to Russians as the work of “foreign agents” and to disclose their funding sources.
A copy of the law was published on the Russian government’s online legislation database on Saturday, saying it entered into force from the day of its publication.
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Russia (RU) is estimated to have a population of 146.7 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 0 million.