|American journalist ‘undesirable’ in Moscow
An American journalist said he had been banned from Russia after he reported on mass protests against Ukraine's scrapping of an EU pact.
The US Embassy in Moscow has been informed of the move against David Satter and has lodged a formal diplomatic protest, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty president and chief executive Kevin Klose said. It has sought and not obtained an explanation from Russian authorities, AFP reports.
It was one of the first cases of a US journalist barred from Russia since the Cold War.
“I was told that my presence in Russia in the view of the security organs was undesirable. Other than that, no reasons were given,'' Satter told AFP via email from London.
“My belongings are in Moscow where I have an apartment. But without permission to enter the country, I cannot retrieve them. I would like to return to Moscow to work but cannot do so without a visa.''
Satter had been living and working in Russia as an RFE/RL adviser since September 2013. He had also been reporting and providing commentary to the outlet's Russian service, in addition to providing interviews and analysis to other news and opinion websites.
“When he was trying to leave Ukraine from covering the protests to come back to Russia, that's when the problems started,'' RFE/RL spokeswoman Karisue Wyson said by telephone.
In December, Satter received notification that his visa request was approved, including an official Russian Foreign Ministry notification number, Wyson said.