Russian journalist arrested in Kosovo on suspicion of espionage

Russian journalist Daria Aslamova detained in Kosovo on suspicion of espionage Komsomolskaya Pravda journalist Daria Aslamova was detained in the north of Kosovo, she is suspected of working for Russian intelligence and involvement in “destabilization” by Serbia. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kosovo associated her arrival with the escalation at the border ” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

In Kosovo, Russian journalist Darya Aslamova was detained while trying to pass a border crossing in the north of the partially recognized republic; she is suspected of working for Russia's military intelligence under journalistic cover. This was announced by the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kosovo, Celal Svechliya, on Facebook (Meta, the owner of the social network, was recognized as extremist and banned in Russia).

“Several countries have proven that she was engaged in espionage for Russian military intelligence and that she acted under the guise of a journalist. She also participated in the hostilities in Ukraine»,— the minister wrote.

Svechliya pointed out that the Kosovo authorities knew about Aslamova's activities and that she had already been banned from entering a number of countries. According to him, now the departments are clarifying the intentions of the journalist. He also noted that she tried to enter Kosovo a week after the “tension” caused by the “criminal structures” in the north of the republic, and on the same day, when “the same structures organized by [Serbian President Aleksandar] Vučić” exchanged fire with the Kosovo policemen.

According to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Aslamova's arrival is connected with the tendency to destabilize Kosovo by Serbia and the use of “Russian connections” by Belgrade.

Aslamova collaborates with the newspaper “Komosomolskaya Pravda” and “Radio KP” (the latest publications are dated last year), and the Tsargrad TV channel. In September 2017, she was not allowed into Moldova, the journalist planned to interview the then-Moldovan President Igor Dodon. Aslamova said that the border guards did not show any documents and did not introduce themselves, without explaining the reasons, they put them on a plane to Romania.

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In “Komsomolskaya Pravda” reported that Aslamova was in Serbia on the instructions of the editors, she was preparing a report on the aggravation of the conflict between Pristina and Belgrade, now she does not get in touch. The Russian Embassy in Serbia told the publication that Russian diplomats do not yet have information about the detention of the journalist and her whereabouts.

The situation around Kosovo escalated on July 31, on the eve of the introduction by Pristina of a ban on personal documents and license plates issued in Serbia. The Kosovo authorities decided to take such measures in response to the actions of Belgrade, which had previously refused to recognize the certificates issued by Pristina.

Against this background, Vucic accused Kosovo of preparing an operation against the Serbs who live in the north of Kosovo. The authorities of the partially recognized republic rushed to the border of the special forces, the Serbs began to build barricades. The NATO-led International Security Force (KFOR) in charge of Kosovo's security has warned of its readiness to intervene if stability in the region is threatened.

Because of the escalation of power Kosovo postponed the adoption of the law on the termination of the Serbian documents for a month, until September 1. The next day, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovich noted that the situation in the region had calmed down, but remained “very, very fragile.”

The Kremlin called Kosovo's initiative to ban Serbian documents “absolutely absurd.” The US State Department considered that the actions of “some politicians and some actors who operate inside the Balkans” led to the destabilization of the situation.

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