Magazine article Screen International

Russian Officials Explain Jeff Shell Ban

Magazine article Screen International

Russian Officials Explain Jeff Shell Ban

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Shell was detained at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Tuesday night while on a trip to meet studio colleagues and escorted on a plane to Amsterdam the following morning.

He subsequently told reporters at The New York Times he did not know why he had been deported and told colleagues he understood the entry denial equated to a lifetime ban.

Russian news agency Tass ran a statement by the foreign ministry on Wednesday that read:

"On July 12, US citizen Jeffrey Shell was denied entry into Russia upon arriving at a Moscow airport. He had to board another flight and leave.

"The person in question stands at the head of a broadcasting board, a government agency that governs the operations of US propagandist radio stations like the Voice of America and Radio Liberty.

"The cause of the denial is that JeffShell was placed on the stop list recently. Russian side has said on a number of occasions it is extending the list in respose [sic] to the introductions of Washington's sanctions against Russian officials under various highly contrived pretexts. …

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