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Belarus deported Ukrainian journalist from the country

01.02.2017, 14:35

On the night of February 1 in Minsk (Belarus) police arrested journalist of "HromadskeTV Donbass" Vitaliy Syzov, who arrived to Minsk to cover the meeting of the Trilateral contact group on Ukraine. The journalist was released later, with the requirement to leave the country within 24 hours. "News of Donbass" reported.

According to the news, Syzov had the accreditation, given by Foreign Affairs of Belarus.
Journalist was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Kyiv time, in a hotel room where the filming crew stopped. At 6 a.m. Kyiv time, journalist was released and indicated to flee the country immediately.

On his page in Facebook Vitaliy Syzov said he was taken from the hotel room by police officers, who took him to the the central police station, where he spent almost four hours.

"I was told there, that the Russian Federation has banned me from entering its territory by 2021. Belarus and Russia is the Union State, and ban on entry spreads on Belarus by default. Police officers repeatedly told me that it is the Russian Federation initiative to ban the entry, and Belarus doesn't have anything to do with it."- Syzov wrote.

He added that he is planning to return to Ukraine because of "recommendation to leave Belarus within 24 hours."
He also thanked the Ukrainian consulate and Embassy for prompt response and assistance.


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