MOSCOW, July 23 (RIA Novosti) - Ukrainian authorities have once again prevented Russian journalists from entering the country, denying entry on Wednesday to Rossiya Segodnya reporter Alexei Andreyev.
The document provided by Ukraine’s border service reads that the reason for his denial is a “lack of proof of the objective of the planned stay in the country and insufficient funds.” Andreyev’s counterarguments that he had sufficient funds, a booking at a hotel in Kharkiv, a journalist’s badge and an official paper detailing his assignment were not taken into account.
The Ukrainian government has prevented Russian journalists from working in the country multiple times. Another Rossiya Segodnya reporter was denied entry on April 8. The same day, Ukrainian border guards forced another reporter from the same news agency to get off the train between Moscow and Luhansk.
A VGTRK media holding reporter Yevgeny Rozhkov was also denied entry on July 14. According to the journalist, he told border guards that he was travelling to Ukraine to replace his colleague. Rozhkov had all the necessary documents, but was denied entry anyway.
Earlier, on March 7, a news crew from TVC channel was deported from Donetsk Airport, while a group of reporters from NTV channel was denied entry.