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Russian TV broadcaster RT registers as foreign agent in U.S.

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Russia's English-language television broadcaster RT opted to avoid a legal battle with the U.S. government, instead choosing to register as a foreign agent, its editor-in-chief and the Justice Department confirmed.

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“Between legal action and registration [as a foreign agent], we have chosen the latter,” RT’s chief Margarita Simonyan said in a statement, later congratulating "the U.S. [on its] freedom of speech and all those who still believe in it.”

The network had until November 13 to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) following the U.S. intelligence community's determination that it played a key role in what it termed an "influence campaign" aimed at undercutting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during last year's White House race.

The 1938 law was initially created to counter Nazi Germany's propaganda activities in the U.S. It requires U.S. nationals working for foreign governments to register with the government.

In its filing, T&R Productions, which operates RT in the U.S., said it is an agent for ANO TV-Novosti, the Russian government entity that runs RT's operations around the world, according to the Justice Department.

The department said it is reviewing T&R's filings to ensure they sufficiently comply with the law.

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