Russian bailiffs show up at US broadcaster’s office
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian court bailiffs have shown up at U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Moscow Bureau to notify it about the launch of enforcement proceedings over unpaid fines. RFE/RL President Jamie Fly said the broadcaster’s Moscow bank accounts were also frozen Friday in what he denounced as a serious escalation in the Russian government’s campaign to drive it out of the country. Last year, Russia’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor ordered the media designated as foreign agents, including RFE/RL, to add a lengthy statement to news reports, social media posts and audiovisual materials saying the content was created by an outlet “performing the functions of a foreign agent. The move has been widely criticized as aiming to discredit critical reporting and dissent.