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Moldovan journalist employed by a Moscow weekly prevented from entering Russia and held in airport transit area

Russian immigration officials denied again entry to Moscow to Natalia Morar, a Moldovan journalist employed by The New Times weekly. Natalia Morar and her Russian husband Ilya Barabanov have been prevented from leaving the transit area of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport since their arrival on a flight from Chisinau on Fevruary 27.

On December 16, Natalia Morar was denied entry to Moscow on her return from a press trip to Israel and put on a flight to Moldova. Last year Natalia Morar wrote several articles about irregularities in the way in which the Russian authorities organised the legislative elections held in December