Ukrainian Authorities Deny Entry to 4 Russian Journalists - Reports

Ukrainian Authorities Deny Entry to 4 Russian Journalists - Reports

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MOSCOW, Dec 7 : The Ukrainian authorities have prevented four Russian journalists from entering the country's territory, local media reported on Friday.

According to Ukraine's Hromadske.TV broadcaster, Russian journalist from Staraya Rus news outlet Elena Nikolaeva, Yulia Nikitina, working for st. Petersburg's Fontanka online news portal, Elena Vladykino, a journalist of Russia's Moy Rayon newspaper and Anastasia Drozdova, who is an employee of SCOOP structure supporting investigative journalism, have not been allowed to cross into Ukraine.

The information about the journalists' detention has not been commented by their employers yet.

Kiev has taken numerous attempts to restrict the work of the Russian media in the country, including by restricting the Russian journalists' entry to the country. In June, the Russian Embassy in Ukraine said that the Ukrainian authorities had denied entry to Paula Slier, the RT Middle East Bureau Chief, and Russian journalist Evgeny Primakov, who wanted to take part in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference on media freedom in Kiev.

In March 2015, Kiev suspended the accreditation of 115 Russian information media with the Ukrainian authorities, prior to which the broadcasting of major Russian TV channels was prohibited in Ukraine. The Russian Foreign Ministry has called the step an attack on media freedom. (UNI-SPUTNIK)