Dutch journalist expelled from Russia due to two fines | News from Germany about Russia | DW

The Russian authorities canceled the residence permit for the correspondent of the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, Tom Winnenck, and banned him from entering the country until 2025. As the newspaper reported on Wednesday, November 3, the journalist has already returned to the Netherlands.

Vennink has been working in Moscow since 2015 and this fall tried once again to renew his accreditation in the Russian Federation, but ran into difficulties. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation revoked the journalist’s residence permit in connection with two old administrative offenses. In 2019, he did not report moving to another apartment in Moscow, and in 2020 he was fined for visiting Chukotka without the permission of local authorities.

The Dutch Foreign Ministry, according to de Volkskrant, called the situation in which “a journalist is forced to leave the country against his will” unacceptable. The department unsuccessfully tried to solve the problem through diplomatic channels.

In August of this year, a correspondent for the British BBC media company Sarah Rainsford was expelled from Russia. The FSB declared her a “threat to national security” and banned her from entering the country indefinitely.

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