American journalist David Satter has been kicked out of Russia, raising questions about whether the former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times was expelled in retribution for his criticism of President Vladimir Putin in the run-up to the Olympic Games, CNN reported.
“As some of you may know, I’ve been expelled from Russia,” he said on his Twitter account Monday.
He told CNN that he was deemed “undesirable” when he tried to exchange his existing visa for a correspondent’s visa in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev.
Mr. Satter is a fellow at Johns Hopkins University and the Hudson Institute, a think tank. He has written multiple books on post-Soviet Russia.
Reports on his expulsion suggest he faced retribution after he wrote for CNN.com that visitors to February’s Winter Games in Sochi — a Black Sea resort town west of the fractious Caucasus region of Russia — “are walking into what effectively is a war zone.”
His posting was published in December, after suicide bombers killed dozens of people in the Russian city of Volgograd.