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"I have been expelled from Russia and declared persona non grata," David Satter wrote on his website
Tuesday. The journalist and Russia scholar was banned from the country
, Maya Rhodan wrote in Time Monday, "in what is reportedly the first such ousting since the U.S.S.R. disbanded in 1991."
According to a story Tuesday from Radio Free Europe
, Satter had been working with RFE as an advisor since September of 2013, and in December, Satter was told his visa would be renewed.
But Satter says he was told later by a Russian Embassy official in the Ukrainian capital that his presence in Russia was considered "undesirable" and his visa request had been rejected.
The Guardian has a video, here
, with Satter explaining how things happened.
"It was typical, during the Soviet period, to accuse foreign correspondents of being spies," Satter said in the video. "But to make a direct accusation of that kind against a journalist in post-Soviet Russia is, in fact, extremely rare."
- Moscow's City Center in January, 2012. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)