SBU explained the ban on entry to the RIA Novosti journalist Vinogradov

KIEV, February 7 — RIA Novosti. The security service of Ukraine (SBU) explained the ban on entry into the country, the RIA Novosti journalist Zakhar Vinogradov interests of “national security”.

Vinogradov, who went to Kiev, was taken off the train on Tuesday morning. According to the journalist, it at 6 am (7.00 am GMT) have to get off the train Moscow-Odessa to Konotop at verification of documents, and in the evening sent by train back to Russia. The press service of the MIA “Russia today” (which includes RIA Novosti) stated that this step Kiev once again confirmed that its policy of restricting the work of the international media in the country. The Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov urged the OSCE and other international structures to respond to violations of journalists ‘ rights in Ukraine.

As stated in the SBU, the decision to ban entry to Ukraine citizen of the Russian Federation Vinogradov for a period of five years was made by the office on 5 November of the current year. “The security service of Ukraine takes a decision on ban entry to Ukraine of foreigners or persons without citizenship in accordance with article 13 of the law of Ukraine “On legal status of foreigners and persons without citizenship” in the interests of national security of Ukraine”, — told RIA Novosti in the Department.

The SBU explained that such decisions are taken in the presence of “sufficient information on the fact of committing by a person of a socially dangerous act, regardless of the territory it was committed, which is contrary to the interests of security of Ukraine.” However, no specific allegations or evidence in the SBU failed.

Earlier, Senator Igor Morozov told RIA Novosti that the Federation Council Commission on information policy will consider at the meeting on 9 November the situation with the expulsion of the Russian journalist. In the Public chamber of the Russian Federation stated that the decision of the Kyiv authorities is the continuation of the war with freedom of speech waged by Kiev. The Russian Union of journalists called the situation with Vinogradov another fact of violation of the rights of Russian journalists who try to convey to the public an alternative view of what is happening in the country, and the citizens of Russia and Ukraine — to obtain objective information.

Kiev has repeatedly limited the work of Russian media in the country, including regularly banning entry to Ukraine to journalists from Russia. In March 2015, was suspended accreditation at the bodies of state power of Ukraine 115 Russian media.

The oppression of Kiev also touched upon, and journalists of the media group “Russia today”, which includes RIA Novosti. 6 may 2017 accredited was held in Kiev in the final of “Eurovision” of the photographer MIA “Russia today” Ramil Sitdikova was not allowed to Ukraine. Fotocare issued a resolution on refusal of entry “in connection with the unconfirmed reason for the visit.” In September 2015 Kiev has imposed personal sanctions against journalists, including the General Director of MIA “Russia today” Dmitry Kiselev, heads of Agency offices in Turkey Elena Palazhchenko and Kazakhstan — Olga Kovalenko (with the last two then the sanctions were lifted), in addition to the list was later made editor-in-chief of “Russia today” and RT Margarita Simonyan. In February 2015 the Verkhovna Rada withdrew the accreditation of all correspondents of RIA Novosti in Kiev, then in a few months they were denied access to events in all state institutions of Ukraine. In April 2014, Ukraine did not let the press photographer of Agency Alexey Kudenko, as well as the RIA Novosti correspondent Andrei Malyshkin.

In Ukraine banned broadcasting of the main Russian TV channels. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation called off Russian TV channels attack on freedom of the media and urged the OSCE, the EU and the United States to respond harshly to the ban, as well as on deportation from Ukraine journalists of Russian media, saying that the double standards practiced by the West is unacceptable.

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