Estonia banned the entry to the Schengen zone for five years for the journalists of the Russia 1 television channel, Elena Erofeeva and Pavel Kostrikov, due to the filming of a story about the religious organization Jehovah’s Witnesses (banned in Russia). This was reported by the Estonian Public Broadcasting Corporation with reference to the annual report of the country’s security police.
The document says that journalists with visas obtained at the embassies of Italy and France first arrived in Finland and then went by ferry to Estonia to prepare a story for the Vesti program that “ridicules the activities of a religious organization and incites hostility towards it” .
According to intelligence agencies, in Tallinn, journalists using hidden cameras videotaped the Kesklinna community of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The clip was used in the report, which included shots of the “same nature” filmed in Finland.
The police also pointed out that the activities of Erofeeva and Kostrikov indicate discrimination of people on the basis of religion, which can lead to incitement of hostility.
The VGTRK press service refused to comment on the situation for RBC.
Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017 were recognized as an extremist organization in Russia by decision of the Supreme Court.