Radio Free Europe and Voice of America were designated by
Russia as 'foreign agents', a move aiming to complicate their local work. The
Moscow government recently complained about unacceptable US and EU pressure on Russian media. Russia’s broadside against US media is part of the
fallout from allegations that the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 US presidential
election. News outlets have to comply with the same
requirements that are applied to foreign-funded NGOs under a 2012 law. 'Foreign
agents' must include in all their communication a mention of their designation.