Magazine article Screen International

NBC Universal Executive Denied Entry to Russia

Magazine article Screen International

NBC Universal Executive Denied Entry to Russia

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NBC Universal executive JeffShell, chairman of the studio's Filmed Entertainment Division, has said he was denied entry into Russia and detained for several hours before being escorted onto a flight out of the country early on Wednesday morning.

Shell told the New York Times that he had arrived in Moscow on business at around 11.30pm the night before and was making his way through immigration when he was pulled out of the line.

"I was then taken to a small room and leftalone for about a half-hour before someone came back with a document in Russian that they wanted me to sign," he said in a telephone interview.

When he told Russian authorities that he would not sign something he did not understand he said he was then given a translated version, which explained that he had been barred from the country.

Shell said he was then taken to another room where he was locked inside for nearly three hours until a flight to Amsterdam was arranged. …

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