It was drafted as a suite of amendments to the bill, allowing for websites of banned or extremist organizations to be blocked without requiring approval from the courts.
"It requires public disclosure of certain activities and relationships through registration by "agents of foreign principals" with the Justice Department".
If such company also gets its funding from foreign sources, the Ministry of Justice would be able to declare it a foreign agent. They will also face a similar responsibility for such NGOs for breaching this legislation.
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"As we have told our Russian interlocutors, FARA promotes transparency without restricting or limiting expression".
Vladimir Putin's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, approved of the newly passed bill on Wednesday.
"Any encroachment on the freedom of Russian media overseas is not and won't be left without a strong condemnation and a tit-for-tat response of Moscow", Peskov said, adding that the law will enable Russia to give a timely response.
USA intelligence officials accuse the Kremlin of using Russian media organisations it finances to influence U.S. voters, and this week Washington required Russian state broadcaster RT to register a US-based affiliate company as a "foreign agent".
RT, formerly known as Russia Today, and Sputnik new agency, have been accused of spreading false news in a bid to sow discord in the internal affairs of foreign nations, including during the United States presidential campaign of 2016. In November 2014, the law was expanded by a bill making it illegal for Russian political parties to receive sponsorship from, or enter into any business deals with, NGOs that have "foreign-agent" status.
Under the 2012 law, "foreign agents" have to include in any information they publish or broadcast to Russian audiences a mention of their "foreign agent" designation.
The Federation Council, the upper house of Russia's parliament, will approve the law on foreign agent media next week, first deputy chief of the Council's Foreign Affairs Committee, former Russian ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak said.
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