French movie star Gerard Depardieu has been banned from entering Ukraine for five years for his stance on Russia. Edward Baran reports.
Ukraine has banned French actor Gerard Depardieu from entering the country for five years, its state security service said on Wednesday, The ban is apparently for making comments that suggested he supported Russia's annexation of Crimea last year. A government spokeswoman said the 66-year-old, known for films such as "Cyrano de Bergerac" and "Green Card", was on a blacklist of public figures deemed to be unsympathetic towards Ukraine. She did not cite any specific comments from Depardieu. Depardieu, who is notorious for riotous antics off-screen and scrapes with the law over drink-driving, motorbike accidents and his outspoken criticism of high taxes in France, was granted Russian citizenship by Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2013. He has since defended Russia's international policies in interviews.