Tom Wennink, a reporter for the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant in Moscow, was banned from entering Russia until 2025. About it informs edition only.
Vennink has lived and worked in Moscow since 2015, and in the fall he had to renew his accreditation to work in Russia. Previously, this process took place without problems, but on November 1, the journalist had his residence permit canceled and was told that he must leave the country within three days, the publication says.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs explained the decision to deport the journalist by two administrative protocols. In November 2019, he did not inform on time about his change of residence in Moscow, and in January 2020 he visited Chukotka without the permission of the local authorities. Wennink paid both fines.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands expressed regret over the decision. “It is unacceptable for the Netherlands if a journalist is forced to leave the country against his will,” the head of the department said in a statement.
De Volkskrant’s editor-in-chief Peter Klock notes that the Russian authorities do not explain why they cite old violations as grounds for deportation.
As de Volkskrant emphasizes, Vennink was expelled from Russia amid the ongoing trial in the Netherlands of the Malaysian Boeing MH-17 shot down over Donbas. The international investigation team concluded that the shot was fired from a Buk anti-aircraft missile system, which belonged to the Russian 53rd Anti-Aircraft Missile Brigade stationed in Kursk. Russia denies involvement in the plane crash, claiming that it was shot down by separatists from the so-called “DPR” and “LPR”.
The newspaper also mentions the recent decision of the Court of Appeal in Amsterdam to return the exhibits of the Scythian gold exhibition from the Crimean museums in Ukraine. As another factor of tension, the publication cites the trial of the YUKOS case. On Friday, the Dutch Supreme Court will decide on a long-standing conflict over the oil company, in which the Russian government and former shareholders are confronting each other, de Volkskrant said.