WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Russian journalist who has come under suspicion of espionage in Poland — but who has never been confronted with specific spying accusations by Polish authorities — is being forced to leave Poland.
Leonid Sviridov told The Associated Press on Thursday that he will leave Warsaw on Saturday after running out of legal options for staying on in Poland, where he has worked as a journalist for many years. Sviridov insists he never acted as an agent for Russia and that he will fight for the right to return to Poland.
He said he is appealing the Polish decision that strips him of the right to remain in Poland. Should that fail, he said he plans to sue Poland at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.