Elena Yakovleva, Russian film, television and theatre actress, was denied entry into Ukraine on Wednesday, May 24. This was reported by Unian, referring to Oleh Slobodyan, the State Border Guard Service officer.
"Russian citizen Yakovleva was identified today during the passport control for passengers, who were coming by train from the Russian Federation. There was according information that the citizen was visiting occupied peninsula (Crimea — 112 International) in violation of Ukrainian law, crossing temporarily closed checkpoints," he said.
Beyond that, he also informed that Yakovleva was accompanied by two other people, who were also denied to cross the border, but without further entry prohibition.
"I also know about two other people coming with her. It was decided to not let them cross Ukrainian border without entry ban, as there is no convincing information whether they really went to the occupied territory," State Border Guard representative noted.
As a number of media sources also informed earlier, it turned out that Yakovleva had visited Crimea and crossed non-operating checkpoints during base verification process. Entry ban into Ukraine will be effective for three years.
According to NewsRoom, the actress will take the train back to Moscow this evening.
As it was reported earlier, Igor Shuvalov, one of the leaders of Ukrainian Inter TV channel, was expelled from Ukraine and prohibited entry in the country for 5 years.