Kosovo detains Russian journalist
Darya Andlamova, journalist, was prohibited from entering Kosovo Saturday
In the wake of the tensions between Serbian and breakaway regions, Darya Aslamova, a Russian journalist and veteran war correspondent was temporarily detained. She was then banned from entering Kosovo.
Xhelal svecla, Kosovo’s Interior Minister wrote on Facebook, that Aslamova (who writes for the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda) was stopped at a northern border control point.
“Many countries have proven that she had engaged in espionage for the Russian military intelligence and acted under the guise of a journalist,”Svecla wrote that Aslamova was being accused of “propagandizing about the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”Minister Aslamova stated that Aslamova had been banned from entering Kosovo, and authorities held the journalist up until she was released. “intentions are determined.”
Svecla uploaded several photos of Aslamova including one with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and another with Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Komsomolskaya Pravda stated that Aslamova arrived in Raska on Sunday morning, which is a Serbian border city. “I arrived at the border by 4am. As well, I was interrogated and questioned by Serbian border patrols. They were inquiring why I don’t have a deportation stamp,”According to the journalist.
According to the paper Aslamova was working on a report regarding tensions in Kosovo and Serbia at the time she was taken into custody. The newspaper also stated that Aslamova’s espionage allegations were false. “baseless.”
Aslamova covered conflicts in Afghanistan and Yugoslavia as well as Chechnya and Nagorno Karabakh, among others.
A NATO-led peacekeeping force was dispatched to Kosovo in 1999 following an Albanian insurgency in the region and the bloc’s 78-day bombing campaign in what was then Yugoslavia.
In 2008, the province gained independence. Although the US and majority of European countries recognize it, Serbia and Russia as well as China and the UN have generally not.
Tensions flared in the region after Kosovo authorities revealed a plan to make it mandatory for Serbs to have Kosovo-issued plates on their cars.
President Aleksandar Vucic called the plan an attack on Kosovo’s Serbian population and accused Pristina of violating the rights of local Serbs. Albin Kurti, Kosovo’s Prime Minister accused of attacking police officers and asserted that Kosovo is currently facing “Serbian national-chauvinism.”
Following protests, the Kosovo government agreed with US-EU consultations to put off the implementation of license plate rules until September. Pristina requested that Serbs demolish the roadblocks it had set up in protest.
Reuters reports that on Monday, peacekeepers in the area oversaw the removal roadblocks.