State Duma factions strike "package agreement" on committee heads’ postsRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 27, 9:26
Russian and Indian military use drones during 'Indra-2016' joint military drillsMilitary & Defense September 27, 8:13
Nine districts of Syria’s Aleppo under shelling by militantsWorld September 27, 7:22
IOC president does not understand why Russian athletes were sanctioned at 2016 OlympicsSport September 27, 6:38
Russian pilot Yaroshenko signs formal agreement to be extradited to Russia — lawyerRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 27, 6:01
Colombia welcomes peace agreement with FARC — presidentWorld September 27, 5:24
Talks on resuming air service between Russia and Egypt to be held in Cairo on TuesdayBusiness & Economy September 27, 4:49
Russian energy minister discusses cooperation with OPEC secretary general, Qatari ministerBusiness & Economy September 27, 4:02
Voter turnout at constitutional referendum in Azerbaijan reaches 69.7%World September 27, 3:16
MOSCOW, May 20. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian law permits the Russian authorities to take retaliatory measures against countries that violate the rights of Russian journalists, Head of the Duma Committee on Information Policy Alexei Mitrofanov declared during the committee's debate on the situation in respect to the LifeNews journalists detained in Ukraine.
"Journalists are entitled to work in any conditions and they are protected by laws. Even during continuous conflicts in the Middle East and other regions reporters could fulfill their professional tasks," Mitrofanov said.
First Deputy Head of the Duma Committee on Public Associations Mikhail Markelov has suggested sending a group of Duma deputies to Kiev to help the Russian journalists in trouble. "The group of the Duma MPs should be sent to Kiev to make sure that the journalists are alive and are staying in Kiev," Markelov told the meeting of the Committee on Information Policy on Tuesday.The Ukrainian Rada can think of no pretext to ban the visit of the Russian MPs to Kiev, Markelov added.
The LifeNews journalists, Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saychenko, were detained by the Ukrainian law enforcers near Kramatorsk. The journalists had last contacted their colleagues at LifeNews on May 18. On May 17, Deputy Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security Council Viktoria Syumar accused the Russian journalists of provoking the spread of terrorism in the Donetsk region.