Russian Interior Ministry calls passports of Russian journalists expelled from Belarus invalid

The passports of Russian journalists, who were expelled from Belarus and stamped with a ban on entry to the republic for five years, are now considered invalid in Russia. RIA Novosti was informed about this by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.

“In accordance with clause 6 of the RF Government Resolution“ On Approval of the Regulation on the Passport of a Citizen of the Russian Federation, Sample Form and Description of the Passport of a Citizen of the Russian Federation, ”it is prohibited to enter information, marks and entries in the passport that are not provided for by this Regulation. The passport, which contains information, marks or entries that are not provided for by this regulation, is invalid, ”the ministry said in its commentary.

Journalists will not bear administrative responsibility for invalid passports, since this is not their fault, the Ministry of Internal Affairs added.

During the dispersal of protest rallies after the presidential elections on August 9 in Belarus (according to the CEC, Alexander Lukashenko won for the sixth time), the country’s law enforcement agencies detained almost 7,000 people. Among them were Russian citizens, including journalists from RIA Novosti, Dozhd, Znak.com, Daily Storm, and Meduza’s special correspondent Maxim Solopov who covered the protests.

(c)MEDUZA 2020

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