Mar 15, 2022 - World

Charted: Russian agents

Data: The Justice Department; Chart: Baidi Wang/Axios

Russian interests have the fewest registered American agents in years, as the country's invasion of Ukraine makes Kremlin-aligned political interests toxic in Washington.

Why it matters: With tensions at their highest since the Cold War, there are few people remaining — officially, at least — to plead Russia's case in D.C.

The details: Currently, there are only four registered foreign agents representing Russian entities in the U.S.

  • That's the fewest since 2017, when the Foreign Ministry's D.C. lobbying firm ended its contract.
  • The four remaining are all state-run Russian propaganda organs: three are involved in airing "Sputnik" radio broadcasts, and the fourth is the production company behind Kremlin-backed TV network RT.
  • They too are facing heavy pressure. RT recently announced it will wind down its U.S. operations.

The big picture: For many K Street firms, Russia work is now a liability.

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