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    Russian journalist Leonid Sviridov speaks to the press after a three-hour meeting with officials concerning an attempt by Polish authorities to expel him from the country, in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

    Russian Reporter Banned From Entering EU by Poland Appeals to Cancel Ban

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    Rossiya Segodnya journalist Leonid Sviridov, who was banned from entering EU borderless Schengen area until December 2020 by Warsaw, has submitted an appeal to the Polish authorities to cancel the decision, Sviridov's lawyer Jaroslaw Chelstowski said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW, May 11 (Sputnik) — Sviridov's case has been included in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) monitoring reports on freedom of the media, which documents violations of journalists' rights within OSCE member states.

    "An official request to exclude Leonid Sviridov from the list of persons banned from entering the country [Poland] and other countries of the Schengen area, since this ban violates the Polish ‘Act on Aliens,’ was sent by mail to the Polish Office for Foreigners," Chelstowski told RIA Novosti.

    On October 24, 2014, the Polish Foreign Ministry annulled Sviridov's accreditation. In April last year, the Polish authorities deprived him of residence permit and ordered the correspondent to leave the country. In mid-December, Sviridov left Warsaw for Moscow to begin legal proceedings against the authorities' decisions.

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