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Russian journalist from Canadian company denied entry to Ukraine

He got accreditation of the Central Election Commission to cover presidential elections
13:56, 14 March 2019

Oleg Slobodyan, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Border Guard Service
Ukrinform

A Russian journalist who represents a Canadian television company was denied entry to Ukraine, as Oleg Slobodyan, the Spokesperson of Ukraine’s Border Guard Service said at the briefing, Ukrainian News reported.

It was noted that Russia was accredited for covering presidential elections.

“He is a Russian citizen, who lives in Canada and works on Canadian television. He got accreditation of the Central Election Commission, but the inspection showed that he had illegally crossed the border with annexed Crimea,” Slobodyan stated.

Related: Austrian MFA summons Ukrainian ambassador due to entry ban for journalist

Besides, the Russian is banned entering Ukraine for three years.

It was specified that in total, 800 media representatives got accreditation to cover presidential elections, 60 of them have arrived in Ukraine.

As reported earlier, Ukraine told Austria that it would deny entry to veteran ORF reporter Christian Wehrschütz. Vienna has sharply criticized the decision of the Ukrainian authorities to ban the Austrian TV journalist from entering Ukraine for the period of one year.  

Related: Austrian authorities criticize entry ban to Ukraine for Austrian journalist

According to Wehrschütz, "a small group of people that is not happy with what we write and what problems we cover" is behind the ban of entry for him. 

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