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    Moscow Confirms Barring US Broadcasting Chief Jeff Shell From Russia

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    Jeff Shell, chairman of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors, has been denied entry to Russia as he has been put by Moscow in an extended 'black list' in response to visa restrictions imposed on Russian citizens by Washington, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Broadcasting Board of Governors is the US federal agency that oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and other government broadcasters, which, in Moscow's view, conduct active anti-Russian propaganda. 

    "US citizen Jeffry Shell was denied entry to Russia upon arrival to a Moscow airport on July 12. Shell is the chairman of the US Broadcasting Board of Governors," the ministry said in a statement.

    "Shell has been recently put on the 'black list' expanded by Moscow in response to visa restrictions against Russian citizens imposed by Washington under far-fetched pretext," the statement said.

    According to the ministry, the Obama administration has barred some 70 Russian officials from the US in light of the Ukrainian crisis.

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