Press freedom and free speech in Russia are dwindling, says BBC’s Moscow correspondent

In her final dispatch, she interviewed Russian journalists – and a worker at Dozhd TV said they must declare their “hostile” status when they publish any news.

She concluded: “I am leaving a country I first came to as the Soviet Union fell apart, when freedoms were new and precious…today’s Russia is moving in reverse.”

A Russian foreign ministry spokesman said the ban was in retaliation to British authorities denying a visa extension to a Russian journalist.

But the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office said: “Russian journalists continue to work freely in the UK, provided they act within the law.”