16 October 2014
Source: HRO.org (info)
Two people who introduced themselves as officers of the St. Petersburg department of the Federal Migration Service stated that the tourist visas, the basis for the US journalists being on Russian territory, ‘did not give the right to conduct educational activity’, Radio Svoboda reports.
The visas of Jo Bertantino and Randy Covington were not usual tourist visas, but visas issued for a specific purpose, in line with the recommendation given to them by the US consulate in Moscow.
Aleksandr Gorshkov, chief editor of the internet portal Fontanka.ru and organizer of the seminar, said that the US journalists were at the Vasilyevsky Island district court where it is expected their future will be decided.
The US journalists had planned to speak at the seminar on 17 October.
The St Petersburg department of the Federal Migration Service refused to give any information about the detention of the US journalists.
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