Iran has released a Russian journalist, Yulia Yuzik, who was detained last week in Teheran for suspected links to Israeli intelligence and she was on her way back to Moscow, Russia's embassy in Tehran said on Thursday October 10th, AFP reported.
"As a result of the joint efforts of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian embassy in Tehran, Iran decided to release Russian citizen Yulia Yuzik," the embassy said on Twitter.
Yulia Yuzik, 33, flew back to Moscow on Thursday morning, according to the embassy.
The press attaché of the Russian embassy in Tehran, Andrei Ganenko, said Yuzik was feeling well. "She feels well, she is unharmed," he told Russian news agency Tass.
Journalist Boris Voitsekhovskiy, identified by Russian media as Yuzik's ex-husband, said on Facebook that she had landed in the Russian capital.
She was being held over alleged visa violations, but the Russian embassy said she had been accused of working for Israeli security services, according to an Iranian government spokesperson.
The Russian authorities and public organisations took action to secure the release of the Russian journalist, Russian Union of Journalists Secretary Timur Shafir told Tass.
"The most important thing now is that our colleague has been released and returned to Moscow. Efforts for her release involved many resources, numerous individuals and organisations," he said. "We are very pleased that the situation has been sorted out and Yulia has returned home.”
Yuzik earlier worked for the Rostov bureau of the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, and for Russian Newsweek magazine. Since 2003, she has been writing books and conducting journalistic investigations. In 2003, she released a book titled ‘Brides of Allah’, which was published in nine foreign countries.
She also has written two books including ‘Beslan Dictionary’, based on testimony from survivors of the 2004 school massacre that claimed at least 330 lives, more than half of them children.