Moldovan journalist appeals to Strasbourg over Russia entry ban

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CHISINAU, August 25 (RIA Novosti) - An investigative journalist who has been banned from entering Russia appealed on Monday to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Natalia Morar, a national of Moldova and a journalist with Russia's The New Times magazine, was denied entry to Russia by the Federal Security Service (FSB) at Moscow's Domodedovo airport upon her arrival from Israel in December 2007.

Morar told RIA Novosti that she expected her appeal to take "about a year or two" to be heard, adding that, "Right now I am with my husband in Rome, and we are doing fine."

Morar was again denied entry to Russia in February this year after she got married to her colleague, Ilya Barabanov, who is a Russian citizen.

The reasons for the ban have not been disclosed, and in March this year a Moscow court refused to order the FSB to reveal them. The New Times is known for its criticism of Kremlin policies.

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