Kiev bars Ukrainian-born RT journalist at border, bans her entry for 3 yrs

RT Deutsch’s Anna Shalimova interviews locals in Odessa (RT video still)
An RT Deutsch correspondent, who has recently covered stories on the Ukrainian crisis, including the Odessa massacre, has been turned back at the border by Ukraine’s Security Service, and banned from entering the country for three years.

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Anna Shalimova, who was born in Ukraine and is now a German citizen working for RT’s German bureau, RT Deutsch, was prevented from entering Ukraine upon arrival at Borispol airport.

The RT correspondent had just arrived in Ukraine from Germany to write a story on the social and economic situation in Kiev, when she was stopped at the airport passport control. The journalist was given a document from the Ukrainian Security Service, banning her from entering the country for three years. She was forced to return to Germany without ever crossing the transit zone.

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“We have informed the German embassy. This is an obvious consequence of her reports from Odessa, covering the first anniversary of last May’s tragedy there,” RT Deutsch chief editor Ivan Rodionov said.

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Anna Shalimova visited Odessa less than three weeks ago to report on the May 2014 massacre, in which more than 40 anti-government protesters either burned alive or suffocated from smoke inhalation in an administrative building which had been set ablaze, or were strangled and beaten to death by a violent mob if they managed to escape.

The circumstances surrounding the clashes that led to the tragedy remain highly controversial. Ukrainian authorities blame anti-Maidan activists for starting the violence, while numerous investigations posted online claim to provide evidence of a planned provocation by pro-Kiev thugs and football ultras, allegedly coordinated with the police. The official investigation into the May 2 events has stalled.

Shalimova did not have any problems crossing the border when she came to report on Odessa earlier in May, RT’s press service said.

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