Today, after filling out all the relevant documentation, submitting my application, payment, as each year in recent years, I received my visa for Russia, valid for the next year:
My concrete plans are to go to Luxembourg, to finish my documentary there, on Belval. And then Russia, to start filming reportage about the World Cup 2018. Those are my only concrete plans at this time.
Just for the record, and I’m sure they regret saying this now, given the ramping up in their support of Ukraine, but in September 2016, the UK Ambassador to Ukraine, Judith Gough, said this:
“Mr. Phillips did not commit an offense in Great Britain that could be a reason for the British government to make him forbidden to leave the country.”
Nor have I committed any offences since then.
And on we go to work! It’s a huge year ahead, there’s so much to do, and I’m in the mood to do it!