A Russian flag flies next to the US embassy building in Moscow on July 31, 2017. The State Duma lower house of Russia's parliament voted on Dec 6, 2017 to bar correspondents of US mass media from attending its session, the Interfax news agency reported. (MLADEN ANTONOV / AFP)
MOSCOW - The State Duma lower house of Russia's parliament voted on Wednesday to bar correspondents of US mass media, including The Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, from attending its sessions, the Interfax news agency reported.
On Tuesday, these two media outlets were officially designated as "foreign agents" by Russia's justice ministry, a move aimed at complicating their work in retaliation for what Moscow says is unacceptable US pressure on Russian media.