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Russia has banned the entry of two journalists from Moldova due to pressure on the media

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Russia has banned the entry into the country of the Chairman of the Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Moldova, journalist Liliana Vitsu and journalist Mikhail Sirkeli. This was announced by the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova Igor Zakharov.

Vits and Sirkeli, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are involved in restrictions on the rights of Russian journalists in the republic.

“The Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova, Lilian Darius, was informed of the decision of the Russian authorities to ban Liliana Vitsu and Mikhail Sirkeli from entering the country,” he said (quote according to TASS).

On September 13th I was from Moldova expelled Head of Sputnik Moldova Vitaly Denisov. After this, the Foreign Ministry declared a strong protest in connection with “the ongoing politically motivated persecution of Russian-language media” in the republic.

The Sputnik news agency and radio is part of the Rossiya Segodnya media group. On February 25, the European Union included the media group in the 10th package of anti-Russian sanctions.

October 3 “as an asymmetric measure” Moscow closed entry into Russia for persons who are “directly related to restricting freedom of speech and the rights of Russian journalists in Moldova, as well as inciting anti-Russian sentiments,” the Foreign Ministry specified. Then the department did not specify who exactly was banned from entering Russia.

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