Russian reporter and activist detained at Amsterdam Airport

Russian reporter and activist detained at Amsterdam Airport
Elena Milashina

Elena Milashina’s phone was seized with no explanation.

Reporter of Novaya gazeta Elena Milashina and employee of human rights center Memorial Milana Bakhaeva have been detained in Amsterdam.

The newspaper’s web site reports the women were detained in the airport. With that, the police officers did not introduce themselves, having given as a reason that “this is not Russia, and no one has to introduce himself.” No claims were made against the reporter and the rights defender. With that, Milashina’s phone was seized with no explanation.

Milashina and Bakhaeva arrived in Amsterdam for a meeting with human rights defenders who deal with Syrian refugees’ issues. At the present time, they are at the airport’s police station.

The newspaper office is trying to contact the Dutch Ambassador in Russia and find out what exactly the detainees are being accused of.

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