The Czar’s rule


The expulsion from Russia of the prominent American journalist David Satter two days ago is becoming a case involving press freedom and media intimidation. It is actually the first time since the breakdown of the USSR that something like that happens, but there is no need to bring up a revival of the Cold war.

The expulsion from Russia of the prominent American journalist David Satter two days ago is becoming a case involving press freedom and media intimidation. It is actually the first time since the breakdown of the USSR that something like that happens, but there is no need to bring up a revival of the Cold war.

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Persona non grata

Satter, a former Financial Times and Wall Street Journal correspondent, who has published three books on Russia and the former Soviet Union, has been declared persona non grata and denied entry into the Federation for five years. Authorities accused him to have violated the country’s visa-entry rules by staying in Russia on an expired visa.

“I was told that my presence in Russia, in the view of the security organs, was undesirable. Other than that, no reasons were given”, Satter said. “But the real reason for my refusal was given by Alexei Gruby, senior diplomat  in Kiev. Gruby said: ‘The competent organs have decided. Your application for entry into Russia is denied’. It means that I was expelled from the country at the demand of the security services”, he commented in a statement published on his website.

Nobody should be surprised if the FSB is behind the expulsion of a foreign awkward journalist, considering the long list of Russian colleagues that had a worse fate. Satter is the author of a book titled “How Putin became president”, and the explanation given is something far from what Vladimir Vladimirovich likes to read about himself.

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