Agitators are not welcome in Ukraine

Thursday, December 26, 2013

A total of 36 agitators and troublemakers, including former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, as well as U.S. and European Union citizens have been banned from entering Ukraine by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ukrainian Security Service wrote Kommersant-Ukrajina on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, Oleh Carjov pro-government MP made up a list of undesirable individuals who in his opinion were threat to national security. The MP asked the Foreign Ministry and the Ukrainian Security Service to ban those individuals from entering Ukraine.

Besides the former Georgian president several other Georgian citizens are on the list, which also include political scientists in the U.S. and Europe. Among them well-known German political scientist Andreas Umland who was surprised when learned he was also declared "persona non grata" in Ukraine.

Representatives of the Ukrainian opposition pointed out that the move can have serious international consequences. Ukrainian law bans foreigners from entering the country in three cases: if the person is a threat to national security, if he poses terrorist threat or committed other criminal offenses.

(MTI –


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