Russia has launched an investigation to determine whether U.S. media outlets, such as Voice of America and CNN, meddled into the country's parliamentary elections in 2016, the Moscow Times reported. Leonid Levin, the head of the State Duma Committee on Information and Communication, said that the work of these journalistic institutions could have affected the outcome of the Russian elections.
"The structures we are discussing are part of a larger American system of pressure on our country,” Levin said at a committee meeting on Tuesday. “They are using a variety of instruments in respect to both the Russian electoral process and on our country as a whole.”
Levin also pointed to similar investigations launched by the U.S. to determine the extent in which Russian state media influenced the democratic process.
“The U.S. Senate is considering a bill which grants the U.S. Justice Ministry including the FBI additional powers to investigate potential violations of U.S. law by RT America. Similar claims have been leveled at [state-funded English-language news website] Sputnik and other Russian media," he continued.
He also said that the committee has extended invitations to representatives of CNN and VOA to appear before the body, but the companies have yet to respond.
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