An actor who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role in 1991 has been banned from Ukraine.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gerard Depardieu, who was nominated for “Cyrano de Bergerac,” was banned from entering Ukraine for five years. The French actor, who is a Russian citizen, has been vocal about his support for the Kremlin’s policies toward Ukraine.
A spokesperson for SBU, the Security Service of Ukraine, was quoted by the news agency Interfax saying: “SBU has made a decision to ban French actor Gerard Depardieu from entering Ukraine for five years.”
“She added that relevant documents have been sent to the country’s border control service for including Depardieu into the database of people banned from entering Ukraine,” THR reports.
The THR report notes: “Earlier this month, Depardieu was put on a list of 500 foreign artists, actors and other creative people who have supported the annexation of Crimea by Russia or pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, thereby ‘posing a threat to Ukraine’s territorial integrity.'”
The country’s culture ministry reportedly said it does not intend to ban Depardieu’s movies.