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Poland denies Russian journalist chance to study materials of court case against him

December 10, 2014, 19:49 UTC+3 WARSAW
The Polish Foreign Ministry revoked the accreditation from the Russian state-run news agency's journalist working in Warsaw on October 24 upon a request from the Polish Internal Security Agency
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Leonid Sviridov

Leonid Sviridov

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WARSAW, December 10. /TASS/. Polish authorities refused Russian correspondent Leonid Sviridov an opportunity to study materials of the case launched to deprive him of residence permit, a spokesperson for the governor of the Masovian Voivodeship said on Wednesday.

The Polish Foreign Ministry revoked the accreditation from the Russian state-run news agency's journalist working in Warsaw on October 24 upon a request from the Polish Internal Security Agency.

The request, which stipulated reasons for the revocation of the correspondent’s accreditation and his residence permit, was classified.

Sviridov, a correspondent of the Rossiya Segodnya news agency (formerly known as RIA Novosti), appealed the decision, but his appeal was rejected.

“The decision remained in force. There are legal grounds for it,” the spokesperson said. “However, it can be appealed at the administrative court of the (Masovian) Voivodeship.”

The Polish Foreign Ministry earlier refused to comment whether Sviridov’s accreditation revocation was linked to a spy scandal that broke out in Poland two months ago.

On October 15, a high-ranking Polish officer and a lawyer holding Russian-Polish citizenship were detained on charges of spying for a foreign nation.

Marek Biernacki, a member of the parliamentary intelligence committee, said that the detainees were Russia's agents.

Polish Deputy Prime Minister Janusz Piechocinski said last week that Poland could deport Russian diplomats following the scandal.

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