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Why can't Russian embassy officials behave themselves?

The Iron Curtain may have fallen, but the state of press freedom in Russia remains bleak.  In what is a post-Cold War first, the Guardian's Moscow correspondent Luke Harding was expelled from Russia earlier this year.  The Telegraph describes what happened to him, and why deportation might have saved him from a worse fate.

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November 10, 2011 5:36 PM ET

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Guardian correspondent expelled from Russia

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New York, February 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Russian authorities today to allow Luke Harding, Moscow correspondent for the U.K. Guardian, to return to Russia and resume his work. Harding, at left, was refused entry to Russia on Saturday.

The journalist had temporarily returned to London in the fall to report on U.S. diplomatic cables released to the Guardian by WikiLeaks. He tried to re-enter the country on a valid visa, but was turned down at Moscow's Domodedovo International Airport, Harding told CPJ. A guard seized his passport and led him to a detention unit. He told the journalist: "Access to Russia is closed to you," without further explanation, Harding said.

February 8, 2011 5:20 PM ET

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