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Putin signs law to designate media as 'foreign agents'

Putin signs law to designate media as 'foreign agents'

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Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation allowing his government to classify media outlets in the country as "foreign agents."The law came in response to the U.S. Justice Department requiring RT, the state-owned TV network, to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Earlier this month, Putin called it an "attack on freedom of speech," according to state-owned Sputnik.Putin signed the new law after the Federation Council, the upper chamber of parliament, passed it 154-0 on Wednesday. On Nov. 15, members of the lower house State Duma approved the bill.The law was published on Russia's official legal information Internet portal on Saturday.Immediately, the Justice Ministry sent notices to several Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ne...