Russia's RT global television network, which was fingered by US intelligence agencies for seeking to influence American politics, registered Nov. 10 with the Justice Dept.as a foreign agent.
T&R Productions, RT's content supplier, made the registration. It disputed the need to register, saying owner Mikhail Solodovnikov retains sole editorial control over its news, talk shows and entertainment video packages.
The content "merely informs, not influences," according to the filing. T&R said its programs "cover a broad range of topics, reflect balance regarding commentary, and are not aimed to benefit any foreign government or political party."
The Justice Dept.'s national security division is reviewing T&R's filing for both accuracy and sufficiency.
"Americans have a right to know who is acting in the United States to influence the US government or public on behalf of foreign principals," said Dana Boente, acting assistant attorney general for national security, in a statement.