« Back to AP Headlines
Dec 6, 3:57 AM EST

Russian parliament bars access for 2 US media outlets

Latest News
Russian security agency busts Islamic State group cell

Ex-Russian minister jailed for 8 years in sting case

Russia bails out major private lender Promsvyazbank

Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing

Ex-Russian minister jailed for 8 years over $2 million bribe

The Latest: Putin backs efforts to find kids of IS fighters

Russia Celebrates Summer Solstice

MOSCOW (AP) -- The lower chamber of the Russian parliament has voted to bar Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty from accessing it in the latest tit-for-tat between Russia and the U.S. over government-funded media outlets.

The vote at the State Duma on Wednesday came one day after the Justice Ministry listed the two media organizations and their regional branches as foreign agents.

The media dispute began last month when Kremlin-funded RT television was registered with the U.S. Justice Department as a foreign agent following a demand from Washington. In retaliation, Russia adopted a bill that allows the government to designate international media outlets as foreign agents.

After the committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists withdrew credentials for RT last week, the Russian parliament vowed to respond.

© 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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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.