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FIC “paying tribute” to Bagapsh by a scandal2011-06-02 13:22
There is an easy explanation to the official Tbilisi's irritation with Sergey Bagapsh, head of Abkhazia that gained independence three years ago. A person who has achieved much more on the way of his country's development than the talentless demagogue Saakashvili has been a thorn in the Georgian leader's side. But the depth of this hatred has become evident only after the sudden death of the Abkhaz leader. The journalists of the FIC channel sponsored by the president had the impudence of turning up at the farewell ceremony without any accreditation.
farewell ceremony without any accreditation.
The civil funeral service for the president of Abkhazia that took place in the Cultural Center of Russian Army in Suvorovskaya Square was attended by several hundreds of people, including leader of RF Dmitry Medvedev. Two employees of Moscow representative office of the FIC Georgian TV channel also came to this solemn and sad ceremony. It would have been fine if the journalists or their bosses had thought it necessary to care about their accreditation.
Managers of the Georgian media must be thinking that any stranger may pop in at an event attended by the top officials of the state, and the unlucky reporters were immediately detained by FSS.
As was later explained by an officer of the law-enforcement authorities to the Russian journalists, two Georgian colleagues, the 34-year-old trainee Alexey Matveev and the 26-year-old journalist Natia Poladishvili made their way through the rows of guards without the necessary checkup, having got no accreditation in the Federal Protection Service and even having no documents on them confirming the right to perform a journalist's activity in the Russian territory. This little discrepancy did not prevent the employees of the First Caucasian Channel from shooting and interviewing until the agents of the Federal Security Service asked them to present their documents.
Alexey Matveev living in Volgogradskaya region was made to pay a 500-ruble fine and then released. His companion, a citizen of Azerbaijan, was released as well but before that, a protocol was made up on an administrative infringement, for Natia Poladishvili violated not only the rules of information activities but also the rules of entering and staying in the Russian territory. She is facing a fine of up to five thousand rubles and expulsion from the country. All the materials on the matter have been transferred to Meshchanskiy Court of Moscow.