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Memorial's Arseny Roginsky writes to Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov over the denial of a visa to US journalist David Satter

posted 15 Jan 2014, 10:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 15 Jan 2014, 10:35 ]
International Memorial Society 
127051, Moscow, Malyi Karetnyi Pereulok, 42, 
(495) 650-778-83, fax (495) 609-06-94 

14 January 2014

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation
Smolenskaya-Sennaya Ploshchad’, 32/34
Minister of Foreign Affairs
S.V. Lavrov

Dear Sergei Viktorovich,

We have learnt that a five-year ban on entry into Russia has been imposed on the American journalist David Satter.  There has been a sharp reaction to this among the general public, both in Russia and abroad. David Satter has been writing about Russia for many years. The ban on his entering our country means, in essence, that he has been banned from carrying out his profession. After all, it is necessary for him to check and recheck information that he receives.

If David Satter ceases to write about Russia, this will be a loss not only for him personally, but for our country as well. There are not that many foreign journalists who write so competently and impartially.

We believe that this decision to ban David Satter from entering the country is absolutely inappropriate given the minor and obviously unintended nature of the administrative violation (a delay of a few days in registering his visa).

We hope that you will find a way to put right what has happened.

Yours sincerely,

A. B. Roginsky
Chair of the Board of the International Memorial Society

Source: International Memorial Society