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Estonian and Latvian journalists arrested in Kosovo

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Rodion Denissov.
Rodion Denissov. Source: (ERR)

Authorities in Kosovo arrested former Tallinna TV presenter Rodion Denissov on Wednesday, along with his wife Vera and a Latvian colleague. The precise accusations are not clear, though Denissov said he had been arrested because his work represented a danger to Kosovo. The three were later released.

The arrest of Denissov, his wife Vera, and Latvian journalist Juri Aleksejev was confirmed to ERR’s Russian news portal by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A representative of the Kosovan police told ERR’s Russian news portal on Wednesday that they are investigating the objective of Denissov’s presence in Kosovo, after which the three would be released at the Serbian border.

The journalists were arrested as they were doing an interview with the mayor of Parteš, a town in one of Kosovo’s Serbian municipalities. Denissov told ERR that according to the police, they had “distorted facts” and presented a danger to Kosovo. He didn’t want to comment the accusations any further.

According to activity on social media of the Latvian citizen arrested by the Kosovan authorities, the three were released on the same day. Images posted on Twitter showed Aleksejev posing in various t-shirts with nationalist Serbian slogans and imagery. On Facebook he later wrote that he was already in Serbia.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

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