Ukraine slaps a broad­cast ban on 13 Rus­sian artists — in­clud­ing Depar­dieu

The China Post - - ARTS -

Ukraine on Satur­day named 13 pro-Rus­sian ac­tors and singers whose work would be banned from TV, ra­dio and cin­ema, in­clud­ing France’s Ger­ard Depar­dieu.

The blacklist is­sued by the min­istry of cul­ture de­scribed the 13 as “a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity” for sup­port­ing Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s an­nex­a­tion of Crimea and his back­ing of Rus­sian sep­a­ratists in eastern Ukraine.

Songs by these per­form­ers will be barred from the air­waves, and per­mits for screen­ing their films will be with­drawn in the near fu­ture, min­istry spokes­woman Daryna Glushchenko told AFP.

Depar­dieu, a Rus­sian citizen since 2013, in­censed the proWestern lead­er­ship in Kiev by strik­ing up a close friend­ship with Putin and for re­port­edly even deny­ing the ex­is­tence of an in­de­pen­dent Ukraine.

In July, Ukraine said it was ban­ning the flam­boy­ant 66-yearold French-born star from en­ter­ing the coun­try for five years.

Other names on the new blacklist in­clude the 77-year-old Rus­sian crooner and leg­is­la­tor Iosif — Joseph Kob­zon — who has been dubbed “the Soviet Frank Si­na­tra.”

Iosif is al­ready be­ing tar­geted by Euro­pean sanc­tions for his sup­port for pro-Rus­sian sep­a­ratists and con­certs in Donetsk, the rebel hub in eastern Ukraine, where he was born.

Another is Mikhail Bo­yarsky, a Soviet-era movie star, who is ac­cused by the Kiev gov­ern­ment of sign­ing an open let­ter sup­port the an­nex­a­tion of Crimea, Glushchenko said.

Depar­dieu’s ca­reer has been stud­ded with hits such as “Cyrano de Berg­erac,” “Green Card,” “The Last Metro” and “Jean de Florette.”

His suc­cess has waned in re­cent years, although his movies re­main pop­u­lar in the ex-Soviet na­tions and he is a house­hold name in Ukraine.

The ac­tor left France in protest over a pro­posed tax on the su­per­rich. He was handed a Rus­sian pass­port by Putin him­self in Jan­uary 2013 and took up res­i­dency in Bel­gium.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Taiwan

© PressReader. All rights reserved.