Support The Moscow Times!

Nemtsov to Sue Ukraine Over Entry Denial

Boris Nemstov speaking at a news conference. Lena Lebedeva-Hooft

Kremlin opponent and Yaroslavl regional duma Boris Nemstov will sue the Ukrainian government for refusing him entry to Ukraine on Friday.

Upon his arrival at Kiev's main airport Borispol, Netmsov was issued with a document stating that he was banned from entering the country. It didn't mention how long he was barred for or provide a reason for the decision, however.

Netmsov said on his Facebook account that the Ukrainian government made the decision because of his unequivocal support for the anti-government protests that have brought parts of central Kiev to a standstill for several weeks.

In 2006, Nemtsov was awarded the Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise by Ukraine's then-President Viktor Yushchenko for distinguished service to Ukraine.

Nemtsov was an active participant in the 2004 Orange revolution that led to the defeat of the current President Viktor Yanukovych in an election re-run. At the time, Nemtsov publicly supported Yanukovych's main rival Yushchenko, standing on a stage beside him in an orange scarf.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.