MOSCOW, January 22. A photojournalist of the news Agency of Stanislav Krasilnikov, who went to Chisinau for coverage of the protests, was not allowed to Moldavia and was sent back to Moscow.
The journalist arrived in Chisinau on the night of Friday. At the airport of the Moldovan border guards stopped him and began to ask about the purpose of the trip. When it became clear that Krasilnikov is the press photographer of Agency, he was refused entry and put on the next flight to Moscow.
Krasilnikov was not the first Russian journalist, who came to coverage of demonstrations in Chisinau, but was expelled by the decision of Moldovan authorities. Earlier it was reported that Moldova was not allowed operator REN TV Alexander Malyshev, the correspondent of TV channel LifeNews Cyril ol’kova, and the VGTRK journalist Alexander Balitsky was denied entry to Moldova for five years.
In Moscow condemned the actions of the Moldovan authorities. The official representative of the Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that Chisinau’s decision to ban entry to Russian journalists is a violation of international law.
Just squeezing out Russian journalists from the information space, and now physically, in those countries where their presence is undesirable. Expect appropriate reaction from the international journalistic community on these cases and the proper reaction of the OSCE representative on freedom of the media
The protests in Moldova
Wednesday, 20 January, Parliament of Moldova, which hosted the procedure of approval of the government, there were mass riots. Thousands of opposition supporters, who believe the illegal Cabinet, stormed the building. Then the Parliament building was picketed by thousands of supporters of the opposition Party of socialists, “Our party” Civil platform and the DA (“the Dignity and truth”). As a result, the government of Paul Philip was approved for six minutes. The candidate is not allowed to announce the program of the future Cabinet.
On Thursday, anti-government protests in the center of Chisinau continued.
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