MOSCOW: The Russian parliament’s upper house on Wednesday backed a law that would require international media outlets to register as “foreign agents,” following US pressure on the Kremlin-backed RT television channel. The legislation, which parliament’s lower house unanimously backed in a fast-tracked vote last week, would allow Moscow to target foreign media outlets in a similar way it has gone for NGOs that receive international funding. Many NGOs have closed in response to the intense scrutiny. Under the new legislation, US and other foreign media would have to present themselves as such on all paperwork and submit to intensive scrutiny of staffing and financing. The legislation will come into effect when it is signed by President Vladimir Putin.