Russiaʼs 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 Russiaʼs capital on February 14.
On Facebook, the Ministry of Internal Affairs wrote that Turner did not apply for a journalistʼs 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 governmentʼs 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 regulatorʼs accusation that the Russian state-owned channel RT violated British media rules.