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Poland expels Russian journalist for ties with secret services

Leonid Sviridov, a Russian journalist of RIA Novosti, lost the right to stay in Poland. The decision to cancel the residence permit for the Russian journalist was made by the Mazowiecki governor.

Poland expels Russian journalist for ties with secret services

According to Eva Pekhota, the Speaker for the Office for Foreigners, Sviridov may appeal against this decision within 14 days, Joinfo.ua informs with reference to Polskie Radio.

"The appeal may end up in the decision to either uphold or reject the verdict of the governor. Then we would have to re-examine the decision of the governor or close the case," said Pekhota.

The Internal Security Agency addressed to the Mazowieckie Province Governor with the request to annul Sviridov's right to stay in the country. The ISA of Poland does not comment on the case and demands the expulsion of the Russian citizen as suspected of espionage.

However, the 48-year-old Sviridov says that he is not connected with the special services of the Russian Federation and in Poland he is engaged in journalism.

Back in October 2014, the Polish Foreign Ministry canceled the journalist accreditation of the Russian citizen.