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Another Russian blogger says he was denied entry to Georgia – Civil.ge

Alexei Romanov, Russian blogger critical of the Kremlin, said he was refused entry to Georgia after almost 6 hours of waiting at the Sadakhlo checkpoint on the Georgian-Armenian border.

Romanov wrote on July 19 that the Georgian Interior Ministry (MIA) had given him a document where no specific reason for refusal of entry is provided, but the ticked point refers to “does not satisfy other reasons set out in Georgian law”.

Romanov himself assumed that the reason for the decision is his journalistic activity and reports filed from Georgia last fall, when citizens staged protests demanding the release of imprisoned ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili.

Civil.ge contacted the ministry for details of Romanov’s case and is still awaiting a response.

Romanov has his Youtube channel where he actively criticizes the representatives of the Russian government. According to the media, after being harassed by the Russian security service in the past, it lived in Georgia for some time during the period 2016-2020.


Several Kremlin critics have been denied entry to Georgia lately. In March, journalists David Frenkel independent Russian-language publication Mediazona, and Mikhail Fishman from TV Dozhd were both banned from entering the country. Lyubov SoboI, a close ally of imprisoned Russian opponent Alexei Navalny was also denied entry to Georgia.

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