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    Russia's Ruling Party Believes US Media Interferes in Country's Domestic Policy

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    Russia's governing United Russia party believes US media openly interferes in the country's domestic affairs, its first deputy chair Andrei Isayev said Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Isayev told reporters that the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, has reviewed the materials accompanying a report on US media compliance with Russian laws ahead of its presentation later in the day.

    "From our point of view, there is open interference of these state-owned media in Russia's domestic policy, particularly during the last Duma elections," he said, referring to the September 2016 vote.

    The lawmaker added that these media consequently discredited the parliamentary political parties and sympathized with those who failed to enjoy support of the Russian voters.

    In March, the State Duma authorized its committee on information policy to examine the US broadcasters CNN, Voice of America and Radio Liberty on compliance with the Russian legislation. An extended committee meeting on the issue with participation of experts was held in April.

    Elections to the Russian State Duma took place on September 18, 2016 with the ruling United Russia party gaining 343 seats in the 450-seat State Duma, followed by the Communist Party with 42 and the Liberal Democratic Party with 39.

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