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RT America Firm Registers As Foreign Agent In U.S.; Russia Looks To Retaliate

Bowing to pressure from the U.S. Justice Department, the production company behind media outlet RT America registered as a foreign agent on Monday. Russian leaders are criticizing the move, and lawmakers in Moscow are preparing a “symmetric legislative response,” according to the state-run Tass news agency. In the filing, RT America’s partner company said it wasn’t sure how much of its funding comes from the Russian Federation. The media operation had faced a Nov. 13 deadline to register that was set by the U.S. government. “Between legal action and registration [as a foreign agent], we have chosen the latter,” RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said in a Twitter post that was translated from Russian by RT in its story about the registration . In her tweet, Simonyan added that she “congratulates the US [on its] freedom of speech and all those who still believe in it.” After the filing was made on Monday, Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Anatoly Antonov, visited RT America’s offices

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