The state Duma suspected American media in influencing elections in Russia


RIA Novosti

The head of the Duma Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications Leonid Levin proposed to deal in specific cases the impact of the Russian service “voice of America”, “Radio Liberty” and CNN on the elections in Russia. His words leads TASS on Tuesday, April 18.

“We are discussing structures are part of the larger American system of pressure on our country. Therefore, it is advisable to consider not only the possibility of U.S. intervention in the Russian electoral process, but in the Affairs of our country as a whole,” Levin said at the enlarged meeting of the Committee.

According to him, the “system pressure” includes “various foundations, NGOs, grants and more”. He also noted that the Committee invited to today’s hearing representatives of the media, but they were unwilling to participate in the discussion.

On 17 March with a proposal to test the operation of American mass media on the territory of Russia was made by first Deputy Chairman of the Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian integration and relations with compatriots Konstantin Zatulin. In his opinion, it will be a response to the actions of US politicians, who regularly accuse the Russian media of meddling in the internal Affairs of the country. On the same day the lower house of Parliament instructed the Committee on information policy, information technologies and communications.

On 14 March it was reported that U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s intention to develop a draft law on the modernization of the registration of foreign agents in the United States directed against Russia Today TV channel. The Senator believes that the channel could break the law on the registration of a registered as foreign agents. The next day the press Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov thanked şahin for the promotion of RT.