Russian actors Alexander Pankratov-Cherny, Vasily Livanov, Igor Petrenko, Boris Galkin, and director Yuri Kare are now banned from entering Latvia
Latvia banned the entry of 102 Russian citizens, including famous actors and directors. This was announced by the country's Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevich on Twitter.
“I have decided to put 102 citizens on the list of undesirable persons, which means a ban on entry into Latvia for an indefinite period,” — he wrote.
According to the list published on the website of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, actors Vasily Livanov, Nikolai Burlyaev, Alexander Pankratov-Cherny, Boris Galkin, Alexander Pashutin, Igor Petrenko and director Yuri Karu were blacklisted.
“These persons of Russian culture, industry workers actively support the President of Russia [Vladimir Putin]”, — explained the decision at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.
Actor Boris Galkin told RBC that the ban on entry to Latvia imposed on him would directly affect his life.
“I won’t be able to come to the graves of my relatives” my father, mother, grandmother, sister, my very close friends <…> This, of course, is an insult to me and to the memory of my relatives and friends, who also worked and lived not only for the sake of the Soviet Union, but first of all for the sake of Latvia, — he noted.
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Galkin stressed that he did nothing wrong with Latvia. He recalled that he had lived there for 16 years. “Nothing has changed in Latvia, such topics [negative attitude towards Russians] were still in my youth, I came across this,” — actor added.
Actor Alexander Pashutin, in turn, considered the decision of the Latvian authorities to ban him and other Russians from entering “stupid and short-sighted”, emphasizing that they do not threaten Riga in any way.
“Forbidden and banned. Unfortunately, they do stupid things. We had tours in Latvia. There is a Russian theater in Latvia, on the stage of which we played. There were shootings in Latvia. This is another not-so-smart solution. One must live in harmony with neighbors, & mdash; he noted in a conversation with RBC.
According to the actor, he went to Latvia on tour with the Ensemble of the Moscow City Palace of Pioneers. Pashutin stressed that he had always treated this country very well.
At the end of March, Rinkevich included 25 Russian cultural figures, including TV presenters and journalists Maria Sittel, on the list of undesirable persons for the country , Dmitry Guberniev, Tina Kandelaki, actor Vladimir Mashkov, artists Polina Gagarin, Nikolai Rastorguev, director Nikita Mikhalkov and others.
The Latvian Foreign Ministry then also explained its decision by the fact that they supported Russia's conduct of a special military operation in Ukraine .
Prior to this, the Minister of Culture of Latvia, Nauris Puntulis, proposed to ban Russian artists from entering the republic who performed at a concert in Luzhniki. in Moscow on March 18 on the occasion of the annexation of Crimea. President Vladimir Putin also delivered a speech at this concert.
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