Russia confirms expulsion of British newspaper journalist

09:50, February 09, 2011      

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The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday confirmed that Luke Harding, a correspondent working for the British newspaper Guardian, had been expelled from Russia for violating regulations on foreign correspondents.

"This is explained by the fact that he violated a number of rules governing the work of foreign correspondents, which were approved by the Russian government in 1994 and which all journalists are familiar with," the ministry said in a statement.

In particular, Harding was denied entry into Russia because he had failed to obtain a new accreditation card before leaving Russia last November, the ministry noted.

It said that Harding had applied for a new journalist's accreditation in November, but then left Moscow for London on personal business without receiving the new press card.

"If Harding obeys these rules, common for all foreign correspondents, he will have no problems entering the Russian Federation," the ministry said.

According to local media reports, Harding, 42, was denied entry at passport control in Moscow's Domodedovo airport on Saturday. He was told his visa had been annulled, and was put on a plane back to Britain.

Source: Xinhua

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