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Russian journalists were denied entry due to lack of accreditation — Moldovan authorities

April 20, 2015, 21:12 UTC+3 CHISINAU
In the past month, Moldova expelled shooting teams from Russia’s television channels Rossiya 24 and Zvezda who had planned to provide coverage of elections in Moldova’s Gagauz autonomy
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CHISINAU, April 20. /TASS/. Russian TV Tsentr journalists were not let to enter Moldova because they had no accreditation, a spokeswoman for Moldova’s border police told TASS on Monday.

"According to our information, the Russian journalists are not on the list of unwanted persons in Moldova. They were denied entry to the country because they had no accreditation from the ministry of foreign affairs and European integration," Daniela Minzatu said.

A spokesperson for the Moldovan foreign minister told TASS the Russian journalists had not applied for accreditation.

A TV Tsentr shooting crew planned to make a footage of everyday life in the unrecognized republic of Transdniestria. Correspondent Artyom Shirokov said problems had emerged at the Chisinau airport’s passport control desk.

In the past month, Moldova expelled shooting teams from Russia’s television channels Rossiya 24 and Zvezda who had planned to provide coverage of elections in Moldova’s Gagauz autonomy. The lack of accreditation was cited as a reason for expulsion.

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