Foreign Agent Designation: Excitement for Some Folks and Some Possible Consequences, Mom

November 29, 2017

I read “In Retaliatory Move, Putin Signs Media Foreign Agents’ Law.” The write up explains:

Russian officials have said the change is a retaliatory response to the US government’s request that RT, the Russian TV network, register its American arm as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Is FARA extensible to the families of those who work for “foreign agents”? What downstream consequences will the designation “foreign agent” have for students, academics “on loan”, and others involved with research or work for the companies so designated?

My thought: Enforcement of rules can be tight or loose, logical or illogical. The families of Russian citizens with relatives working in “foreign agent” companies may be asking similar questions.

Stephen E Arnold, November 26, 2017


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