American Journalist Expelled From Russia

David Satter is the first U.S. journalist expelled since the end of the Cold War

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The Russian government has denied American journalist David Satter’s visa request and banned him from the country, in what is reportedly the first such ousting since the U.S.S.R. disbanded in 1991. Satter had been working in Russia since September 2013 as an adviser for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), a broadcaster funded by the U.S. Congress. A former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, the Rhodes Scholar has also published three non-fiction books on Russia.

On Monday, Radio Free Europe’s president confirmed that Satter’s visa had been denied and that no explanation has been given for his expulsion. In December, according to RFE/RL, Satter was informed that his visa request had been approved and was told to present the official notification number he received to the Russian Embassy in Kiev.

When Satter arrived in the Ukrainian capital, however, he says he was  informed that his presence in Russia was “undesirable” and that his visa request was denied.

“My position is that this ban should be reversed immediately,” Satter told the Guardian from London.

According to Radio Free Europe, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has issued a formal diplomatic protest with the Russian Foreign Ministry. While in Russia, Satter was reporting for the news agency’s Russian Service and providing interviews to other news and opinion websites.

[Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty]

5 comments
TAHKICT
TAHKICT

It’s Kyiv you TIME magazine goons.If I see Kiev one more time I will UNSUBSCRIBE!

vetramon
vetramon

  Shoeone, One more pseudo journalist caught maybe using the CIA manual of journalism. Hey, shoeone, why don't you ask why the USA is using the same tricks of the Soviets to torment its Agents and citizens? Just take a little look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68LUHa -OIA

Shoeone
Shoeone

I can't say that I'm surprised David Satter was denied a Russian visa. Satter is one of the chief proponents of the theory that the FSB levered Vladimir Putin into power via a series of staged apartment bombings in 1999 that killed hundreds and were later blamed on the Chechens. Satter lays out the hypothesis in his book, "Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State."  The questions he raises have not been answered satisfactorily to this day. Satter's expulsion is one more indication that the Russians are returning to Soviet norms.

jamesmace
jamesmace

@vetramon 


The Russians must be pretty gullible - they know he is a journalist and yet they divulge secrets to him?


Earth to Moscow!   Do not divulge secrets to people who will publish it on the front page.