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Barred British Reporter Allowed Back Into Russia

Luke Harding
A British "Guardian" journalist barred from Russia last week after reporting on leaked U.S. diplomatic cables critical of Russian officials has said he had been able to return.

Authorities turned back Moscow correspondent Luke Harding citing administrative problems linked to his accreditation.

He told AFP news agency by e-mail on February 13 that he was back in Moscow.

The Foreign Press Association said he returned on February 12 with a new visa and his accreditation was ready.

"The Guardian" said the incident was believed to be the first removal of a British staff journalist from the country since the end of the Cold War.

compiled from agency reports