Ukrainian border guards deny entry to Russian television journalists

A group of journalists from the television channel Zvezda have been denied entry in Ukraine, despite the fact that they had accreditation with the Ukrainian Central Elections Commission.

A group of journalists from the television channel Zvezda have been denied entry in Ukraine, despite the fact that they had accreditation with the Ukrainian Central Elections Commission.

Alexei Nikolayev, a journalist with Zvezda, and two journalists accompanying him were not allowed to leave he control zone at the airport Boryspil by border guards, an Interfax correspondent reported on Thursday.

The border guards were unconvinced by the Russian television journalist's accreditation with the Central Elections Commission to cover the May 25 elections. They told the journalists that, besides accreditation, they needed to have a written invitation from the Central Elections Commission or an official from the Central Elections Commission was to meet them at the airport.

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