Tuesday, August 02, 2005

It must blow to live in Russia

Russia Declares ABC Persona Non Grata After Chechen Interview
Aug. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Russia said it will no longer accredit ABC's journalists after the U.S. television network ran an interview with Shamil Basayev, the Chechen warlord who claimed responsibility for 2004's Beslan school siege.

``Contact with the ABC television channel is not desirable for all Russian government bodies,'' the Foreign Ministry, which overseas foreign journalists, said on its Web site today. When accreditation for ABC's staff runs out, ``it will not be renewed.'' Foreign journalists are accredited for a year.

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