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CPJ Denounces Russian Journalist's Deportation From Ukraine

Russian journalist Tamara Nersesian is shown reporting from Kyiv in January 2015.
Russian journalist Tamara Nersesian is shown reporting from Kyiv in January 2015.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Ukrainian authorities to remove "all restrictions" on Russian journalist Tamara Nersesian's ability to report from Ukraine, after she was deported from the country.

"We call on Ukraine to allow Tamara [Nersesian] and all journalists to report freely from the country, regardless of their country of origin or the editorial line of their employers," CPJ Europe and Central Asia program coordinator Nina Ognianova said in a statement on August 15.

"Banning Russian media from Ukraine is neither democratic nor conducive to resolving the crisis between the two countries," Ognianova added.

Earlier, Olena Hitlyanska, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU), wrote on Facebook that "Russian propagandist" Nersesian had been deported overnight over national security concerns and barred from entering Ukraine for three years.

Nersesian is a correspondent for the Russian state broadcaster VGTRK.

She told the Russian media holding RBC that security officials had detained her in Kyiv, brought her to the SBU headquarters, and questioned her for three hours.

Nersesian also said that she was told she was being expelled from Ukraine and banned from the country because of her reporting, which officials told her inflamed the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Kyiv has banned more than a dozen Russian television channels since 2014, accusing them of spreading war propaganda.

Russian-Ukrainian relations soured after street protests in Kyiv toppled Ukraine's then-president, Viktor Yanukovych, a Kremlin ally, in February 2014.

Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and threw its support behind separatists in the country's east in a conflict that has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.

With reporting by RIA Novosti, UNIAN, and RBC
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