AP Radio AP Radio News:

May 19, 11:18 AM EDT

Russian lawmaker: US media try to influence our politics

Latest News
French president flexes diplomatic muscles in Putin meeting

Moldova's government orders expulsion of 5 Russian diplomats

Montenegro official prevented from traveling through Moscow

The Latest: Putin visits new Orthodox Church in Paris

Estonia to expel 2 Russian diplomats; Moscow blasts move

Russia Celebrates Summer Solstice

MOSCOW (AP) -- The head of a Russian parliamentary committee is accusing some American news outlets of being part of "a massive system" to affect Russia's politics.

In the wake of widespread claims that Russia tried to influence the U.S. presidential race, Russia's State Duma this year began examining the operations of certain U.S. media organizations broadcasting to Russia. They included Voice of America, Radio Liberty and CNN.

Leonid Levin, chairman of the Duma committee on information policy, said Friday during a synopsis of the committee's work: "These mass media spreading information on the territory of Russia are part of a massive system of U.S. influence on the internal political situation in Russia."

He says the investigation is continuing and that the head of the Federal Security Service will be called to testify.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.