Russia: ‘I’m speechless’ Channel One deputy director on expulsion of Russian journalist from Ukraine

Russia’s Channel 1 Deputy General Director Kirill Kleimyonov said he was “speechless” when talking about the expulsion of one of the channel’s journalists from Ukraine in an interview in Moscow, Wednesday. Channel 1 correspondent Anna Kurbatova was reportedly detained near her home in Kiev by Ukrainian Security Services on Wednesday. According to a post on Ukrainian Security Services Press... Еще Secretary Elena Gityanskaya’s Facebook page, “Russian propagandist Anna Kurbatova will be forcibly returned to the Russian Federation,” adding that “the necessary documents are currently being drawn up for her official expulsion.” “This is what will happen to anyone who smears Ukraine,” Gityanskaia wrote, without elaborating on why Kurbatova was being deported. “If they call it a serious reason to expel a journalist from the country, I don’t know how to find words to comment on that and how to talk about it. I'm speechless,” Kleimyonov said. Kurbatova’s coverage of Ukraine’s Independence Day, as well as the expulsion of Spanish journalists Antonio Pampliega and Angel Sastre is believed to have resulted on her appearing as an “enemy of the state” on the country’s “Mirotvorets” [Peacemaker] government website. The website accused her of “anti-Ukrainian propaganda” and “manipulating socially-important information.” Many Russian television channels have been banned from broadcasting in Ukraine since 2014, including RT, Russia 1, NTV and Zvezda.

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