Portrait of a middle-aged man in front of a dirty wall

International media groups have intensified efforts to support Mykola Semena, a Crimean journalist and contributor to RFE/RL, calling on Russian authorities to allow him to leave the peninsula to receive medical care.

Crimea Realities chief says ban won’t stop website

“This is an aggressive act that uses the outrageous pretext of extremism to censor RFE/RL and prevent audiences in Russia and Crimea from learning the truth about the annexation,” RFE/RL Editor in Chief Nenad Pejic said in a statement on May 12. “We condemn it as an attack on RFE/RL’s operations and the public’s fundamental right to freely access information,” he added.