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Outrage after researcher denied entry to Russia

The Local · 7 Oct 2011, 06:59

Published: 07 Oct 2011 06:59 GMT+02:00

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"The envoy was presented with the German government's formal protest over the fact that a renowned German academic was unable to enter Russia yesterday despite the fact he had been issued a visa," , a spokeswoman said. "This is unacceptable."

The political scientist, 62-year-old Hans-Henning Schröder, is the head of the research group on Russia at Berlin's prominent think-tank, the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP).

He had been invited to a conference in Moscow organised by Russia's Higher School of Economics and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a political foundation with close ties to the largest German opposition party, the Social Democrats.

The event was called "Comparing German and Russian Values".

The foreign ministry spokeswoman said that the "importance of the SWP in German-Russian relations" was stressed to the Russian diplomat.

"The German government insisted that the barrier to entry against Professor Schröder be lifted immediately and that he be allowed to enter the country without hindrance in the future," she said.

The website of news weekly Der Spiegel had quoted German diplomats as saying that Russian authorities considered Schröder a "security risk", prompting his expulsion.

Schröder told the magazine that he was not given a reason for his treatment and that he had travelled to Russia several times this year.

Der Spiegel said Schröder was not an outspoken Kremlin critic and had a reputation as "moderate" and "balanced".

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The summoning of the Russian diplomat comes a week after the German government said that independent observers would be "very useful" to ensure "democratic standards" during Russia's presidential election next year.


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12:33 October 7, 2011 by wenddiver
Sounds like the conference was a complete sucess as it completely met it's goal of exploring the difference between what has been NATO Germany's values post 1945 and Russia's values. Don't kid yourselves Russia is a totalitarian Dictatorship that cares very little about the West's values.
12:58 October 7, 2011 by Asgarli
And what about students(!) from ex-USSR countries who get their German visas rejected cause embassy worker "does not believe in his sincerity", even though all documents he presented are in order?

Accept it or not: You are not free to move all around in the world wherever you want.
18:15 October 7, 2011 by Englishted
Stories like these show the need for the armed forces training(see other stories today), Russia seams to be retreating back to it's old isolationist ways. I hope I'm wrong.
20:42 October 7, 2011 by raandy
There is certainly more to this story than we know .Russia at this point in time would not provoke a fight with Germany unless there was a good reason or at least one they believed in.
21:32 October 7, 2011 by finanzdoktor
So, how long was the invitation received, the VISA applied for, and approved? A few months maybe? And now, they treat him like this on the day he arrived. Just coincidence???? Right, not!!!!!!
00:29 October 8, 2011 by Asgarli
@finanzdoktor, you have to see about stories with US embassy and border control, what you said is very normal there.
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