The FBI is investigating whether the Russian news agency Sputnik is acting as a propaganda arm of the Kremlin, Yahoo News reported on Monday.
In response, a Kremlin spokesperson said the move smacked of censorship.
The bureau recently quizzed the Russian agency’s former White House correspondent, Andrew Feinberg, over concerns that Sputnik is violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) – which says foreign groups trying to influence U.S. public opinion must inform the Justice Department about their funding and operations.
The law was introduced in the United States in 1938, just before the outbreak of World War II in Europe, as a way of countering Nazi propaganda.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted on Sputnik as saying that “interrogations of journalists or ex-journalists in connection with journalistic activities certainly do not speak in favor of pluralism of opinion and freedom of the press. They rather speak about serious problems with censorship and limiting the work of the press.”
Yahoo News revealed Monday that the FBI received a …