Ukraine bans works of Russian artists for ‘rebel support’

Ukraine blacklists several Russian artists for alleged rebel support

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Gerard Depardieu, French-born artist with Russian citizenship whose works are now banned by Ukraine

Ukraine has banned the works of 14 Russian artists on Saturday, including singers and actors who they claim are a “threat to national security” for supporting the rebel activity in Ukraine.

Their works will be banned from being aired on TV, radio and cinemas.

Ukraine’s Culture Ministry published the blacklist of the artists upon the request of Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU), which some actors expressed that they were “honoured” to be on.

Gerard Depardieu was among the artists, who is a Frenchman holding Russian citizenship since 2013 after asking for his French citizenship to be revoked.

Depardieu was banned last month from entering Ukraine for five years, as he describes Russia as a “great democracy” and stated previously that Ukraine is “a part of Russia.”

Another singer in the list is Iosif Kobzon, who has already been targeted by EU sanctions for supporting Russia’s actions in Ukraine. Kobzon is from the Donetsk region of Ukraine, which is part of the rebel seized areas of the country.

Russia’s alleged meddling in eastern Ukraine and support of separatist forces has sparked much condemnation and criticism from the West.

Violence and conflict broke out in Ukraine following Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March, 2014.

According to the United Nations, in the year-old ongoing conflict, more than 6,000 people have reportedly died in Donetsk and Luhansk.

Separatist rebels who have seized parts of east Ukraine are claimed to be getting support from Russia, which denies playing a role in the conflict.


TRTWorld and agencies