Iranian envoy summoned to Russia's Foreign Ministry over arrest of Russian female journalist

  04 October 2019    Read: 969
Iranian envoy summoned to Russia

Secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists Timur Shafir said that the organisation is trying to contact the Iranian side in order to get information about the incident and shed light on the accusations against the woman.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced that the Iranian ambassador has been summoned to the ministry over the arrest of Russian journalist Yulia Yusik.

Yusik's ex-husband Boris Voitsekhovskiy said on Facebook that Yusik had been arrested earlier this week. The journalist's daughter also confirmed the incident via her mother's account.

The Russian Embassy in Iran has stated that diplomats are looking into the case, adding that it hadn't received any legal notice from the Iranian authorities.

According to Voitsekhovskiy, Yusik, who had visited the Islamic Republic several years ago, returned to Iran and was arrested in her hotel room by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards on Friday.

Voitsekhovskiy said that Tehran has accused her of espionage on behalf of Israel and that her trial is scheduled on Saturday, adding that the journalist faces up to ten years of imprisonment.

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