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06KYIV4301, UKRAINE: HIGH-PROFILE RUSSIANS BANNED ENTRY INTO

November 17, 2006

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06KYIV4301 2006-11-17 15:57 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kyiv

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C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 KYIV 004301 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 11/16/2016 
TAGS: PGOV PREL ASEC PINR RS UP
SUBJECT: UKRAINE: HIGH-PROFILE RUSSIANS BANNED ENTRY INTO 
UKRAINE 
 
Classified By: Political Counselor Kent Logsdon, reason 1.5 (b,d) 
 
1. (SBU) Chief of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) Ihor 
Drizhchany told journalists November 6 that the SBU had 
blacklisted 131 foreigners thus far in 2006 for "activities 
damaging national security interests."  When we inquired, an 
SBU official advised that the SBU does not release names of 
individuals on the list unless the individuals themselves 
publicize their status.  The most often cited cases have 
involved Russian citizens, known to have been involved in 
overt calls threatening the territorial integrity of Ukraine, 
usually focused on Crimea, often made while in Crimea. 
 
2. (C) MFA First Territorial Department (responsible for 
relations with Russia) Counselor Oleksandr Kushnir told us 
November 16 that the issue of banned Russians was raised by 
Russian officials during FM Lavrov's November 7-8 visit to 
Kyiv.  Ukrainian officials emphasized they had responded in 
accordance with domestic legislation and international norms 
and standards.  Ukraine had the right to refuse entry to 
anyone with a record of violating Ukrainian law and 
disrupting internal security.  They suggested that the 
Russian government advise its citizens that denial of entry 
into a country was a potential consequences of inappropriate 
or illegal activity.  Kushnir said, while MFA is consulted, 
the SBU has the final authority on persons to be banned from 
entry. 
 
3. (C) Comment: The Ukrainian step to ban entry of certain 
individuals might be more of a public relations move designed 
to convey Ukrainian government displeasure rather than an 
effective measure to block the entry of Russians across the 
porous Ukraine-Russia border.  For example, we saw putatively 
banned Russian Duma member Konstantin Zatulin at the 
Ukrainian parliament (Rada) during the week of November 6. 
Some actions, such as the deportation of Aleksey Dobychin and 
the presumed cancellation of his right to residence in 
Sevastopol, and the turning away of several Russians at the 
airport, like Kiril Frolov, would have a more direct impact 
on the individuals concerned. 
 
4. (U) The following is open source information that we have 
gathered on a number of well-known Russians who have been 
banned entry into Ukraine, mostly for their anti-Ukrainian 
activities and statements. 
 
     A.  Vladmir Zhirinovsky, Vice Speaker of the Russian 
State Duma, was banned from entry into Ukraine in June 2006. 
Press reports indicated that Zhirinovsky made numerous 
negative statements regarding Ukrainian sovereignty vis-a-vis 
Russia.  Additionally, he stated that he hoped Ukraine would 
become a member of NATO so that Ukrainian soldiers would come 
back from Iraq in coffins.  Our open source searches 
indicated that Zhirinovsky was also banned from entering 
Turkey and Kazakhstan. 
 
     B.  Konstantin Zatulin, Russian State Duma member, was 
banned from entry into Ukraine on June 3, 2006, by the SBU. 
According to press reports, the SBU stated that his 
"activities set the ground for illegal actions related to 
attempts (to weaken) Ukraine's territorial integrity and 
instigation of ethnic hatred."  Apparently, the specific 
reason behind the SBU's decision to ban Zatulin was based on 
his participation in the protest actions against the joint 
U.S.-Ukrainian military exercise in Feodosiya (SEA BREEZE) 
this summer.  The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
publicly condemned the SBU decision to blacklist him, calling 
it a "serious and unfriendly act toward a State Duma member a 
well-known political analyst, and a proponent of friendly 
relations between Ukraine and Russia."  Furthermore, on 
November 30 the Kyiv Court of Appeals will consider his 
appeal of the SBU decision to ban his entry.  Media reports 
indicate that the Shevchenkivsky Court in Kyiv had earlier 
upheld the June 2006 SBU decision.  Additionally, Zatulin is 
also head of the Russian Institute of CIS Countries. 
 
     C.  Moscow Mayor Yuriy Luzhkov was banned in 2004 after 
he took part in a notorious separatist congress in 
Severodonetsk (Luhansk region) in November 2004 at the height 
of the Orange Revolution.  This gathering reportedly 
supported the idea of a Southeastern Autonomous Republic in 
Ukraine. 
 
     D.  ORT journalist Mikhail Leontyev was also banned from 
entry to Ukraine in early 2006.  He made several derogatory 
remarks about the sovereignty of Ukraine, stating that 
Ukraine does not exist as a country and is not a separate 
nation.  Since 2001, he also made several negative remarks 
about President Viktor Yushchenko and his wife Kateryna 
Chumachenko, who later sued him. 
 
KYIV 00004301  002 OF 002 
 
 
 
     E.  Kiril Frolov, a Russian political scientist and head 
of the Ukraine Department at the Russian Institute of CIS 
Countries (under Zatulin), wa
s detained in Simferopol Airport 
on January 27, 2006, and sent back to Russia for allegedly 
propagating separatist ideals among the Crimean population. 
Frolov complained about his inclusion on the blacklist, 
claiming that it was repression and violated the treaty 
between Russia and Ukraine on free border crossings. 
 
     F.  Eduard Limonov, Chairman of the Russian 
National-Bolshevisk Party, was banned entry to Ukraine until 
2008.  In 1999, Limonov and his fellow party members climbed 
on the roof of the Sailor's Club in Sevastopol, raised a 
Russian flag, and proclaimed Sevastopol a Russian city. 
During this incident he also distributed leaflets from the 
top of the building, demanding to make Sevastopol a Russian 
city. 
 
     G.  Aleksey Dobychin, leader of the pro-Russian Proryv 
Movement, who had resided in Sevastopol for several years, 
was deported to Moscow on June 23, 2006.  The SBU accused him 
of anti-Ukrainian activities.  In mid-January 2006, he led a 
publicity stunt for Russian TV in which Proryv activists 
blocked the main road out of Crimea, dug a symbolic trench, 
and declared independence.  He was also reportedly involved 
in the May-June SEA BREEZE protests in Feodosiya. 
 
     H.  Gleb Pavlovsky, a Russian political scientist famous 
for his anti-Ukraine rhetoric and who served as the chief 
strategist for Yanukovych's failed 2004 presidential bid, was 
recently banned from entry into Ukraine.  Press reports 
indicated the Ukrainian MFA did not understand why the 
Russian MFA would be troubled by Ukraine's decision to put 
him on the blacklist and stated that Pavlovsky had "crossed 
the line separating political consultations from interference 
in the domestic affairs of a foreign country."  A group of 
five political scientists published an open letter protesting 
the ban on Pavlovsky's entry.  The letter said, "We may not 
share the views and assessments of our Russian colleague, 
furthermore some of us absolutely reject them, but we regard 
the ban,... as a dangerous precedent and an offense against 
the basice principles of democracy, freedom of speech, and 
human rights."  The letter was signed by Kost Bondarenko, 
Andriy Yermolaev, Rostislav Ischenko, Vadym Karasiov, 
Volodymyr Malinkevych, Mykhailo Pohrebysnsky, and Volodymyr 
Fesenko.  The Ukrainian government later noted it allowed 
Pavlovsky to enter Ukraine for one day to solve unnamed 
family problems. 
 
5. (U) Visit Embassy Kyiv's classified website: 
www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/kyiv. 
Taylor

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