The head of Russia’s Federal Migration Service Konstantin Romodanovsky has not ruled out the possibility that a decision to expel prominent French journalist and writer Anne Nivat from Russia may be overturned.
On Monday, Russian writer Andrei Dmitriev said on his Facebook page that Russian immigration authorities told Nivat she must leave the country. Nivat, who is working on a book on the current political situation, confirmed that her Russian visa has been annulled.
Romodanovsky said he launched an investigation into the case. “Preliminary facts show that the decision was wrong. Perhaps, it will be overturned.”
Nivat, speaking from France, told RIA Novosti that Russian immigration officials in the provincial town of Vladimir detained her and gave her three days to leave the country. While the formal reason given was violation of visa rules, she said that officials who questioned her made clear that her meetings with opposition politicians were undesirable.