Missing reporter who vanished from Moscow turns up in Belarusian jail, as Kremlin hits out over Minsk’s ban on Russian newspaper

A reporter for one in all Russia’s best-read information shops has been detained and is being held by authorities in Belarus. While particulars of the arrest are unclear, his editors at Komsomolskaya Pravda declare he was kidnapped in Moscow.

Over the weekend, Gennady Mozheiko’s mom advised journalists her son was being held in an isolation cell in Minsk. Mozheiko, a Belarusian nationwide working for the native department of the paper had been staying at a lodge within the Russian capital when his house again home was raided by police on fees of incitement to hatred and insulting a authorities official.

Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that its correspondent had been detained in Moscow. “Nobody tells us anything and we’re asking everyone,” the tabloid’s editor-in-chief Vladimir Sungorkin stated. “We expect this from Minsk, but we can’t get any confirmation from Moscow.”

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The Kremlin has since denied any involvement in Mozheiko’s detention, with President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, refusing to rule out the likelihood that he had been captured and brought overseas. “We do not have any reliable information about where the arrest of the journalist took place,” he stated. “We simply do not know.”

Peskov additionally bluntly said that “there is no feeling, right now, that our position is being heard in Minsk.” He confirmed that Putin himself was conscious of the state of affairs across the journalist, outlining that such actions in opposition to the press shouldn’t be authorised, however the Kremlin doesn’t know the small print. 

At the identical time, Peskov defined that, as a result of Mozheiko is a Belarusian citizen, Moscow had no rights to request consular entry. “We don’t have the possibility of making inquiries through our diplomatic mission or to protect his interests,” the Kremlin press secretary stated.

He added that the Kremlin has clearly outlined its place on the banning of Komsomolskaya Pravda in Belarus and that it expects the restrictions to be lifted promptly. 

Last month, IT advisor Andrey Zeltser opened fireplace on safety brokers once they tried to raid his house in Minsk, killing KGB officer Dmitry Fedosyuk earlier than being shot lifeless himself. The Belarusian authorities has since declared him to have been a terrorist, and arrested dozens of individuals over their social media feedback within the aftermath of the incident, which comes after months of the authorities cracking down on activists and supporters of the opposition.

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In the times that adopted, Mozheiko revealed an interview in Komsomolskaya Pravda with a college classmate of Zeltser, who described Zeltser as having at all times stood up for himself and claiming his political opinions weren’t well-known. The subsequent day, Belarus’ Ministry of Information ordered Komsomolskaya Pravda to be blocked within the nation.

Moscow has since expressed concern over the step, with each Peskov and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova calling for the choice to be reversed.

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