RT was initially known as Russia Today. It is an English language Russian international television network that broadcasts news on cable, internet and satellite channels from a Russian perspective 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. The network is funded by the Russian government with its headquarters located in Moscow.
Consequently, the US government has insisted that the Russian network register as a foreign agent. According to US Intelligence, RT, another Russian news outlet known as Sputnik along with a number of ‘quasi-government trolls’ were involved in trying to interfere with the 2016 elections.
Russia is not happy and plans on responding in kind with news laws targeting American news agencies who operate in Russia.
Russia plans new measures to restrict U.S. media working here after a Russian English-language TV channel said it was pressured into registering as a foreign agent in the United States, a senior legislator said Friday.
State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said lawmakers will take up changes to the Russian law on foreign agents to extend it to the media. Until now, that law has been applied to just nongovernmental organizations that receive financing from abroad, and engage in what the government determines “political activity.” The law has been criticized as a way for the Russian government to marginalize civil society institutions.
U.S. intelligence agencies said in January that RT and the news agency Sputnik, along with a network of “quasi-government trolls,” interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of the Russian government by pushing anti-American propaganda, claims that RT denies…
This whole mess with Russian election interference and possible hacking promises to be a very messy international squabbles and troubling relationships. Ever since Trump took office, the relationship between the United States and Russia has been deteriorating and this is certain to make it worse.