Comment by the Information and Press Department on Ukraine’s latest provocation against Russian journalists


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The abduction of First Channel reporter Anna Kurbatova in Kiev on August 30 and her coercive deportation to Russia is obviously not an isolated incident but a deliberate provocation initiated by Ukraine’s law enforcers and national radicals. Shortly before this happened, her personal data were published on the notorious Mirotvorets website run by Ukraine’s Ministry of the Interior.

The Russian Embassy in Kiev took all necessary measures to clear up this case and defend Kurbatova’s rights and interests. It sent official notes and messages to Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry and law enforcement bodies and requested relevant information from the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow.

We draw the attention of international human rights organisations and other agencies called on to uphold the freedom and independence of the media to the outrage in Ukraine. We hope they will respond adequately and take practical steps to counter the thuggish actions of the Kiev authorities.

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