No Entry: Top 5 politicians and celebrities banned from entering Ukraine
112 International lists some of those supporting Russian aggression in Ukraine
For the last two years, the SBU (Ukraine’s security Service) has been expanding the list of persons that are banned from entering Ukraine due to their pro-Russian political views. All of these foreign citizens either visited Russian-annexed Crimea or militant-held areas of Donbas or otherwise expressed support of Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine. By far, the SBU has banned about 3,000 such persons, most of them Russians.
The famous Russian singer regularly visits Donetsk and Luhansk; he never concealed his fellow feelings for pro-Russia militants who currently held areas in there eastern-Ukrainian regions. His good friend, leader of the so-called Donbetsk People’s Republic Alexandr Zakharchenko, reportedly showed up at the stage with Kobzon at some of his concerts. The singer who heavily criticizes the government of Ukraine, has been under Kyiv’s sanctions for two years now. He is also considered a threat to Ukraine’s national security.
The Russian actor became widely infamous after his obnoxious visit to Donetsk region in October 2014, where he fired from a heavy machinegun on positions of defenders of Donetsk airport. According to reports of Ukrainian media, on another occasion, he went for a “safari”, shooting at unarmed civilians. The actor made excuses, saying he shot in the air, and those were blank cartridges. The SBU and Ukraine’s Interior Minister put him on the list of fugitives from justice. Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture banned to broadcast 69 films and TV series featuring Porechenkov.
Several months after Crimea’s occupation by Russia, Depardieu, who enjoys citizenship of both France and Russia, gave an interview, saying: “I love both Russia and Ukraine, which is part of Russia”. Ukraine’s Security Service considered him persona non grata in the country and banned him from entering Ukraine until 2018.
In September 2015, Former Italian Prime Minister visited Crimea and met with his old friend Putin, which evoked huge criticism from the Ukrainian government and many members of the civil society, both in Ukraine and abroad. Several days after that, Ukraine’s security service banned him from entering the country until 2018. That doesn’t seem to upset the politician who later gave an interview, dubbing the so-called referendum in Crimea “a democratic and legal one”.
Since March 2014, Putin’s aide has been listed as persona non grata in Ukraine – in view of his actions aimed at undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity. The SBU refers to him as one of creators of DPR and LPR, the Russia-backed armed organizations in eastern Ukraine, and the designer of Crimea’s annexation in March 2014. The SBU also says Surkov might be involved in mass murders of Euromaidan protesters in Kyiv in February 2014.
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