The Russian foreign Ministry: the detention of the crew VGTRK like a manifestation of “physical censorship”


MOSCOW, October 15. Embassy of Russia in Estonia is connected to the situation with the detention hearing at the Estonian border of the crew VGTRK. About this informed the official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.

“It will be necessary to understand the details of the incident, but it is very similar to another manifestation, I would say, physical, and political censorship, – the diplomat noted. – When there are restrictions imposed not just on the journalists ‘work, and apply physical methods to ensure that they could not work”.

“Our Embassy, of course, connects to this situation, we will understand it”, – said Zakharov.

According to her, “we are already several years in the active phase of opposition and resistance to the activities of Russian journalists, in particular, in the European Union”. “And it was the European Union produces the very norms and codes, which shall restrict such actions and should guarantee journalists and inviolability, and freedom of expression, its position”, – said Zakharov.

The detention of journalists

The film crew of VGTRK correspondent Nikolay Vasilyev , said earlier the representative of the holding.

According to him, employees of VGTRK selected documents, phones and professional equipment.

In turn, Vasiliev himself on air of TV channel “Russia 24” told that their crew militiamen have started to show recently, when the journalists were filming a story about held in the centre of Tallinn large demonstrations demanding tougher border control.

Then the film crew of VGTRK police came and rewrote all the data documents.

According to Vasileva, now the border guards tell them that waiting for a response to the request to Finland and Lithuania on what basis the Russian journalists were issued visas that are not fake if they are, then promise another inspection.