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News Front Journalists Detained in Kosovo While Filming Story About Serbs

© Flickr / MyBukitCentre of Prizren, Metohija, region covering the southwestern part of Kosovo
Centre of Prizren, Metohija, region covering the southwestern part of Kosovo - Sputnik International
Two News Front journalists shooting a video about the life of Serbs and Albanians have been detained in Kosovo over alleged violations of visitors’ requirements, head of the news agency, Konstantin Knyrik, said.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to Knyrik, the head of the News Front Serbian edition, Oksana Sazonova, and video operator Sergey Belous were detained in Velika Hoca when they were filming a story about Orthodox churches and the life of Albanians and Serbs in the region.

"The journalists have been accused of violations of the Kosovo stay requirements, their video recording equipment was confiscated, the detained are not being allowed to contact their relatives, or the Russian diplomatic mission in Serbia," Knyrik said as quoted on the News Front website on Friday.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, and has since been recognized by over a hundred UN member-states, including the United States. Belgrade considers Kosovo to be part of Serbia. Dozens of countries, including Russia, do not recognize Kosovo's sovereignty.

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