US alarmed as Russia expands rules on 'foreign agents'

Washington (AFP) – The United States on Thursday voiced alarm after Russia expanded rules against NGOs and media considered “foreign agents,” accusing Moscow of stifling free expression. “Deeply troubled by Russia’s intensifying repression of its civil society,” Cale Brown, the State Department’s deputy spokesman, wrote on Twitter. “Changes to the ‘foreign agents law’ are particularly troubling, allowing authorities to selectively apply onerous registration and labeling requirements, veto an organization’s activities, and imprison those found in violation,” he wrote. “We call on Russia to resp…

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