Natalya Morar, a Moldovan journalist, has been exiled from Russia for her investigative reporting for the Russian magazine The New Times.
According to The Independent, she was refused entry on return to Moscow from a reporting trip to Israel, barred on orders from the Federal Security Service, the FSB.
This is the first case of a local journalist being exiled in Russia. According to Igor Yakovenko, the general secretary of the Russian Union of Journalists, Russia is exercising a “new form of censorship”.
Morar has been investigating a state-run polling agency and an alleged money laundering scheme used by top government officials.