Russian reporter Daria Aslamova declared persona non grata in Kosovo

Kosovo’s Minister of Interior Affairs, Xhelal Svecla, declared as persona non grata Russian reporter, Daria Aslamova, who has been banned from entering Kosovo for five years.

Svecla wrote on Twitter: “The same day our police were attacked by criminal gangs and only six days after Sunday’s incidents, Daria Aslamova, a confirmed Russian spy engaged in war propaganda in Ukraine, was detained attempting to enter Kosova from Serbia – irrefutable proof of Russian interference in the north of Kosovo”.

Aslamova was arrested by Kosovo Police in the north of Kosovo on Saturday. According to Svecla, “many countries have proven that she was engaged in espionage for Russian military intelligence and that she acted disguised as a journalist”.

Aslamova was later released and said she was in central Serbia. The Russian Embassy in Belgrade reacted to her arrest saying that it is another provocation by Kosovo and an example of disregard for basic democratic principles, including freedom of movement. The embassy also said it immediately informed the international presence in Kosovo, in particular, the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) acting by UN Security Council Resolution 1244, and also – through the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the UN in New York – directly to the UN Secretariat.