Employees of Izvestia – correspondent Ksenia Soldatova and cameraman Dmitry Timofeev – had their visas canceled and banned from entering the European Union for three years. They were detained on August 12 and on the night of the 13th they were expelled from Estonia.
“The visa was declared invalid, the decision was made on the basis of the following reasons: the conditions and purpose of the intended stay were not recognized,” the Izvestia newspaper quotes the document.
Soldatov and Timofeev detained August 12 during their train journey from Narva to Tallinn. They were taken to the police, seized the phones. “Izvestia” claims that their employees visited Estonia as tourists, but “could not ignore the latest events that took place in Estonia. They decided to prepare materials on the restriction of the issuance of visas to Russians and the deprivation of the T-34 tank of the status of a monument,” informs telegram channel “Izvestia”.
Head of the Border Department of the Eastern Prefecture Urmas Elmi in a comment to Delfi declaredthat employees of Izvestia were conducting “propaganda activities” in the country.
On August 11, the Estonian authorities decided to ban Russians with Schengen visas issued by Estonia from entering the country, but several exceptions will apply.