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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NTV Reporter Told to Leave Serbia

NTV television said Friday that Yugoslav authorities had ordered its reporter Vyacheslav Grunsky to leave the country without giving a reason.

An NTV news presenter said Grunsky's visa and his correspondent's accreditation had been withdrawn and that he had been told to leave "within the next fewhours."

Grunsky has been covering events in Yugoslavia since the start of NATO's bombing campaign there six weeks ago.

Russian officials and media have strongly condemned NATO airstrikes against fellow Slavic and mainly Orthodox Christian Yugoslavia.

Many Russian media have focused mainly on the bombing campaign and have given less attention to the plight of refugees from Kosovo or to the reports of atrocities committed by Yugoslav security forces in the southern province.

However, NTV has recently taken a more critical line on Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and the tough methods employed by his security forces and troops in Kosovo, which was mainly populated by ethnic Albanians.

Russian reporters in Yugoslavia have generally been treated better than their Western colleagues.

However, reporters from the other two major Russian networks, ORT and RTR, have also been expelled since the start of the bombing campaign.

No reasons were given in those cases either.