“Seppelt allowed entry to Russia for the 2018 world Cup

The investigative Committee said it intends to interview a German journalist about Radchenkove

As a journalist, Hyo, Espelette: epa/vostock-photo

Foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas announced Tuesday on Twitter that the Russian authorities have given permission to the journalist of a German television ARD, Hyo Seppelt to come to the world Cup.

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“The Russian side has just brought to our attention that, Hyo Seppelt, at least, will be able to come at the world Cup. We will continue to insist on a free light (a journalist – if) events”, – stated in the message.

Meanwhile, Russian investigators intend to question Seppelt in the investigation of the case eks-the head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory of Gregory Rodchenkov if he will come to Moscow, have informed on Tuesday “Interfax” the official representative of SK Svetlana Petrenko.

“Previously, the Investigative Committee has repeatedly stated that in the investigation of this case was directed inquiries about legal aid to competent authorities of several countries in order to obtain the testimony of persons relevant to the investigation. The number of such persons Grigory Rodchenkov, (head of the independent Commission WADA investigating doping in Russian sport) Richard McLaren,, Hyo Seppelt. At the same time the Investigative Committee has the answers of the competent authorities in Germany that the German journalist Seppelt exercised his legal right and refused to testify,” – said Petrenko.

“However, if, Hyo Seppelt will be on the territory of the Russian Federation, the Investigative Committee will again take measures to his questioning on circumstances that became known to him in the preparation of a documentary about alleged abuses by Russian athletes”, – said the representative of the investigation.

Last week, German media reported that the government had not authorized Seppelt to come to Russia for the world Cup. The reports noted that Seppelt is considered in Russia the persona non grata. In turn, the newspaper “Bild” reminded that earlier Seppelt made a few films about the use of doping Russian athletes.

In turn, ARD program Director Volker Herres said in connection with this matter is that in Russia “it is better to close eyes on unpleasant topics.”

Bild recalls that earlier Seppelt led investigative journalism on the subject of the use by athletes in Russia doping.

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