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06KIEV986, UKRAINE: MFA ON MAUP-RELATED VISA CASE

March 14, 2006

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06KIEV986 2006-03-14 15:30 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv
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C O N F I D E N T I A L KIEV 000986 

SIPDIS 

E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/14/2016 
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PINR SOCI
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: MFA ON MAUP-RELATED VISA CASE 

REF: 05 KIEV 1695 

Classified By: Charge d'Affaires Sheila Gwaltney for reasons 1.4 (b) an 
d (d). 

Summary 
------- 

1. (C) MFA Director General Borys Bazylevsky told Consul 
General March 14 that the Ukrainian Government was 
considering banning the entry into Ukraine of AMCIT David 
Duke.  The move would be part of a broader GOU effort to rein 
in the activities of the anti-Semitic Inter-Regional Academy 
of Personnel Management (MAUP).  Bazylevsky said Foreign 
Minister Tarasyuk had asked him to consult with the USG on 
the matter.  End summary. 

MFA Call-In on MAUP... 
---------------------- 

2. (SBU) MFA Director General Borys Bazylevsky called in 
Consul General March 14 to preview a possible move by the GOU 
aimed at curbing the activities of the anti-Semitic 
Inter-Regional Academy of Personnel Management (MAUP). 
Bazylevsky, noting that the MFA had recently received a 
letter from Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA) calling for action 
against MAUP, stressed that the GOU had already made progress 
to limit the activities of "this so-called academy": MAUP's 
license was under review by the Ministry of Education; MAUP 
branches in several (unspecified) regions were in the process 
of being closed; and, the Prosecutor General's Office had 
opened a criminal case against the MAUP publications 
"Personnel" and "Personnel Plus" (reftel). 

...And David Duke 
----------------- 

3. (C) As part of the broad effort to "limit" MAUP's 
anti-Semitic activities, Bazylevsky related that Ukrainian 
law enforcement agencies were considering banning the entry 
into Ukraine of AMCIT David Duke, who has an honorary 
doctorate from MAUP and has taught at the school's Kiev 
campus.  Bazylevsky said that Duke had last entered Ukraine 
in June 2005 to attend an infamous MAUP conference that, 
among other things, called for the expulsion of all Jews from 
Ukraine.  The presence of such a "famous anti-Semite and 
xenophobe" had generated media interest in the June 2005 
conference and had deeply offended Ukraine's Jewish 
community, Bazylevsky explained.  The GOU was looking to 
prevent Duke's attendance at future, similar MAUP events and 
wished to avoid "another blow-up." 

USG View? 
--------- 

4. (C) Bazylevsky said he had been asked by Foreign Minister 
Tarasyuk to consult with the Embassy about denying Duke entry 
into Ukraine; the GOU did not want to do something that might 
"cast a shadow" on the bilateral relationship.  Bazylevsky 
indicated the GOU might ask the USG for information about 
Duke, particularly his criminal record. 

5. (C) Consul General thanked Bazylevsky for the information, 
underscoring that every country, including the U.S., had the 
right to control its borders and determine whom to let in and 
keep out -- especially for security reasons.  So long as the 
criteria for denying entry were not discriminatory -- for 
example, not based on race or nationality -- and had legal 
basis, the U.S. would not be in a position to second-guess 
Ukrainian border decisions.  She noted, for example, that 
U.S. consular officers regularly denied visas to applicants 
who had committed crimes of moral turpitude.  Since Duke was 
a convicted felon, CG understood that the GOU might have 
similar grounds upon which to deny his entry.  She said the 
USG would do its best to respond, within the guidelines of 
the Privacy Act, to any questions the GOU might have about 
Duke. 
Gwaltney

 

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