MOSCOW - Russia has denied a visa to a journalist for the U.S-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, saying he is "undesirable."
RFE/RL President Kevin Klose said in a statement Monday that barring David Satter from entering Russia represented a "fundamental violation of the right of free speech." Klose said the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has lodged a diplomatic protest with the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Satter, a veteran foreign correspondent, began working with RFE/RL in Moscow in September. He said he learned about the ban last month while trying to get a new Russian visa. Klose said a diplomat at the Russian Embassy in Ukraine read him a statement saying that his presence in the country was "undesirable."
The Foreign Ministry did not respond to a request for comment by The Associated Press.