By :Toma Istomina
Ukrainian journalist and fact-checker Oleksandr Gorohovskyi faces deportation in Kazakhstan, where he came to teach a journalism workshop.
Kazakhstan authorities say he was supposed to get a visa to lead a workshop, while the journalists’ colleagues see it as a part of the authorities’ crackdown on the free press, and say Kazakhstan is borrowing a page from Russia’s book.
Gorohovskyi arrived in the city of Uralsk in Kazakhstan on Sept. 14 without a visa, benefitting from the agreement between Ukraine and Kazakhstan which allows a visa-free stay for up to 90 days.
He was supposed to teach a two-day journalism workshop for local journalists on Sept. 14-15 by invitation of the independent newspaper Uralskaya Nedelya (Ural Week). But as he was teaching on Sept. 15, local police interrupted the workshop.
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