Ukraine: Austrian Journalist and Kiev Critic was Barred ‘For His Own Safety’

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Austrian reporter Christian Wehrschuetz said he feared being attacked by Ukrainian nationalists over reporting critical of the government in Kyiv, according to the Ukrainian Security Service. Now they’re using a one-year entry ban to keep him out of the country. In citing Wehrschuetz’s own purported concerns, the counterintelligence and counterterror agency appears to be contradicting the initial reason for the ban given to Austrian authorities: that he had violated Ukrainian law when his camera crew crossed the Kerch Strait via the Russian-built bridge connecting Russia to the annexed Crimean Peninsula. That legislation allows for bans of up to three years for those who violate it. It also appears to skirt a dispute over whether or not Wehrscheutz actually broke the entry law, which is aimed at undermining Moscow’s de facto control over the seized peninsula, since he said he stayed behind while other members of the crew crossed the bridge.

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