Ukraine bans French ac­tor Ger­ard Depar­dieu


French ac­tor Ger­ard Depar­dieu has been banned from Ukraine be­cause he is con­sid­ered “a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity,” ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the media.

Depar­dieu’s name has re­port­edly been added to a list of around 600 in­di­vid­u­als who have been black­listed by the coun­try’s Cul­ture Min­istry. Ukraine media are banned from talk­ing about them or pub­lish­ing their im­ages. The ap­pear­ance of the con­tro­ver­sial French ac­tor on the blacklist was re­ported by Ouest France, who quoted Rus­sian news­pa­per Vesti.

Depar­dieu is a big fan of Vladimir Putin, who in Jan­uary 2013 handed the ac­tor a Rus­sian pass­port, which was warmly ac­cepted. Depar­dieu is reg­is­tered as liv­ing in the town of Saransk, with his ad­dress listed as No. 1, Democ­racy Street. He has also fre­quently spo­ken out in sup­port of the Rus­sian Pres­i­dent and has an­gered Ukrainian lead­ers with some of his com­ments at the height of the on­go­ing con­flict in the east of the coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports Depar­dieu was cited for his speech at a film fes­ti­val in Riga, Latvia, in Au­gust 2014, when he said: “I love Rus­sia and Ukraine, which is part of Rus­sia.”

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