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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2-Year Ban Ends for U.S. TV Network

NEW YORK -- Two years after being effectively frozen out of Russia, U.S. television network ABC said it would send a correspondent to its Moscow bureau.

The hiring of Clarissa Ward puts an end to a two-year saga that started in summer 2005, when the network's "Nightline" aired a freelancer's interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev. The government asked ABC News not to broadcast the interview and, after the interview was aired, said it would not renew the accreditation of its foreign journalists or issue them visas.

The bureau, which opened in 1963, continued to function with local staff. ABC had spent the past two years negotiating with the Foreign Ministry.

ABC News foreign editor Chuck Lustig said the network would cover the country as aggressively now as it did before it was denied visas.

Until recently, Ward was a Beirut-based correspondent covering the Middle East for the Fox News Channel.