Moscow summons Iran envoy over arrest of Russian journalist in Tehran

Russia’s government has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Moscow to clarify the circumstances around the arrest of a Russian journalist in Tehran. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 04 October 2019

Moscow summons Iran envoy over arrest of Russian journalist in Tehran

  • Russia’s government has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Moscow to clarify the circumstances around the arrest of a Russian journalist in Tehran
  • The Russian embassy in Tehran told AFP the mission had requested consular access to the journalist

MOSCOW: Russia’s government has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Moscow to clarify the circumstances around the arrest of a Russian journalist in Tehran, the foreign ministry said on Friday.
Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Iran’s envoy was “invited to the foreign ministry to quickly clarify the circumstances” and ensure the rights of journalist Yulia Yuzik are observed.
Zakharova did not provide further details.
The Russian embassy in Tehran told AFP the mission had requested consular access to the journalist.
“She’s being accused of working for Israeli security services,” Andrei Ganenko, a spokesman for the Russian embassy in Tehran, told AFP, citing her mother.
Journalist Boris Voitsekhovskiy, identified by Russian media as Yuzik’s ex-husband, said she was detained in Tehran and jailed on Thursday. A court hearing is scheduled for Saturday, he said.
Voitsekhovskiy said Yuzik was detained by members of the Iranian revolutionary guard, who had broken down her hotel door. She was allowed to briefly call her family Thursday night.
Yuzik, 38, has worked for a number of publications including the Russian version of Newsweek.
She authored two books including “Beslan Dictionary,” which is based on testimony from survivors of the 2004 Beslan school massacre that claimed more than 330 lives, more than half of them children.


Taliban kill 6 members of same Afghan family

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Taliban kill 6 members of same Afghan family

  • But Taliban deny any involvement, saying the attack Saturday was triggered by a personal dispute
  • The Taliban now control or hold sway over roughly half of Afghanistan
KABUL: Afghan officials said Sunday that the Taliban executed six members of the same family, including an infant girl, in a remote village in the country’s north.
The Taliban denied any involvement, saying the attack Saturday was triggered by a personal dispute.
However, local Afghan officials said the family was accused by the Taliban of working in prostitution. The insurgents sentenced them to death for immoral acts, then stormed the house and opened fire, according to Jawed Bedar, a spokesman for Faryab province’s governor.
The infant girl’s mother and twin sister survived, but both of the child’s legs had to be amputated, the spokesman said.
He said Afghan security forces deployed to the village early Sunday and helped evacuate the two survivors to the hospital.
He said the Taliban attacked the government troops when they arrived. The ensuing gunbattle killed three Taliban members, who Bedar said were involved in the family’s killing.
The Taliban control the village in Andkhoy district where the killings took place, making it difficult to accurately determine what happened, he added.
The Taliban now control or hold sway over roughly half of Afghanistan.
Locals in the area also disputed the accounts of prostitution. Instead, they claimed that a member of the slain family was a former Taliban militant who recently joined the peace process, according to Andkhoy district chief Sultan Mohammad Sanjer.
It was not immediately possible to reconcile the conflicting accounts.
The Taliban continue to stage near-daily attacks targeting Afghan and US forces, even as they hold peace talks with the US and have given the US envoy a document outlining their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan.
Scores of Afghan civilians have also been killed in the crossfire and by roadside bombs planted by militants.