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Court deports U.S. journalist Satter from Russia over migration law violation

January 14, 2014 RBTH, Interfax
Moscow's Tagansky Court has ruled to deport U.S. reporter David Satter over the materials of the Russian Federal Migration Service, the court's press office told Interfax.

Moscow's Tagansky Court has ruled to deport U.S. reporter David Satter over the materials of the Russian Federal Migration Service, the court's press office told Interfax.

"The court ruled on November 29 to deport U.S. citizen Satter from Russia with a fine in accordance with the Russian Administrative Code Article 18.8 part 4 [violating rules of entering Russia or the regulations of staying in the country by a foreign citizen or a person without citizenship]. The case was considered at the initiative of the Russian Federal Migration Service," the court press office said.

The reporter exceeded the period of his stay permitted by law, the court press office said.

"Satter's visa has expired, however he remained in Russia with the expired document," the press office said.

It has been reported that U.S. journalist Satter, who was working in Moscow, said that the Russian authorities banned him entry into the country. According to the BBC report, Satter was a Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times newspaper in 1976-1982 and then became a special correspondent of Wall Street Journal on the Soviet Union. Satter is currently an employee of John Hopkins University.

Satter came to Moscow in September 2013 to work as a consultant at the Svoboda (Freedom) radio station.

The journalist went to Ukraine in December in order to obtain a new Russian visa, prior to which he was notified his visa was approved, however later he was told at the embassy that his presence in Russia was not wanted.

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