Ukraine deports Russian journo, cites national security concerns

20:30, 15 August 2017
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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has deported from Ukraine a Russian journalist who worked for the Russian Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), Tamara Nersesian, as reported by SBU press secretary Olena Hitlyanska.

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"She was deported overnight," Hitlyanska said.

At the same time, Russian news agency TASS reported with reference to the propaganda TV channel Rossiya 24, that the journalist was banned from entering Ukraine for the term of 3 years.

"I was detained on the street and immediately taken to the office, the main office of the Security Service, where I underwent a 3-hour questioning... After the questioning, they read out to me the decision of the Ukrainian security service that I was deported and deprived of the opportunity to enter the territory of Ukraine for three years," Nersesian said.

Read alsoFighting propaganda: pro-Russian blogger arrested on treason chargesIt should be noted that the reason for the deportation was the series of reports, which the Ukrainian authorities say constituted a threat to the security and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Nersesian added that the camera man of the TV company she works for "remains in Kyiv, while the question is being considered on his future [in Ukraine]."

As UNIAN reported earlier, the SBU had blocked the destructive activity by Russian journalist Maria Knyazeva, who had been reporting from Ukraine under the alias "Sayushkina" for TV channels Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24.

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