Baku Blocks Russian Journalist From Gaining Accreditation To Cover The UEFA Euro Games Over His Visits To Artsakh.

Konstantin Genich, a Russian journalist and sports commentator has been denied accreditation to cover the UEFA European Championship by Azerbaijan’s organizing committee over his visits to the Republic of Artsakh.

Genich initially received a letter from UEFA confirming his accreditation, but before he would get the ID he received a call from Baku, one of the host cities of the tournament.

Genich participated in the CIS and Baltic countries football tournament Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) in 2009, which was the reason for reversing the accreditation.

“I don’t really understand why mix politics and sports, especially on the opening day of the championship. I hope my issue will be resolved, and my accreditation will be confirmed, I will still be able to get it and work on this Euro. Well, if not … Baku, alas, I am disappointed,” said Genich on Telegram.

Russian-Armenian journalist Nobel Arustamyan was also denied accreditation by Baku due to his visits to Artsakh. He was later gained accreditation.

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