"I am not an agent. So, if I am not an agent why would I have to sign [under FARA]," he said. "So, the basis of the lawsuit is that I am not an agent, I do not meet any of the requirements to be an agent, and therefore, we feel we don’t have to sign."
Ferolito stressed that no one in the broadcast industry has to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
"My concern is strictly the broadcast industry, radio and television because it's just not under the law, I don't have to sign. I am not an agent of any government. I'm an independent businessman who has made a business transaction, period," he said.
Ferolito also noted that the court will respond to their lawsuit within 60 days.
"And then we have 14 days to respond and that could happen anytime within the next 72 days. They can respond quicker, we don't know yet," he added.
Commenting on the situation, Margarita Simonyan, the editor-in-chief of Sputnik news agency, said that she will closely follow the situation around Radio Sputnik's partner in the United States, RM Broadcasting LLC.
"The argument of our partners: 'it causes serious damage to the business.' A year ago, when … [we were told to register under FARA], the authorities said it was just a formality. Now we know that's not true. Therefore, we will closely follow the process," Simonyan said.
Under the FARA legislation, the entities in question must provide details about their operations to the Justice Department.
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