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Russian government accuses ‘The Times’ journalist of immigration violation

Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs requested that the British newspaper The Times explain why one of its journalists, Janice Turner, entered Russia using a tourist visa. Turner published a column that criticized the culture of Russia’s capital on February 14.

On Facebook, the Ministry of Internal Affairs wrote that Turner did not apply for a journalist’s visa and the accreditation required to work as a journalist in Russia. The Ministry accused the British journalist of deluding Russian immigration officials and violating Russian laws.

The incident involving Turner follows a months-long effort on the part of the Russian government’s censorship agency to investigate an international branch of the BBC. The agency acknowledged that its investigation of BBC World News was a response to a British media regulator’s accusation that the Russian state-owned channel RT violated British media rules.