Dr. Alban’s visit to Crimea: Ukraine’s SBU says only Russians subject to vetting (Document)

In December, Nwapa on his Instagram account thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for allegedly interceding in having the authorities allow him to cross into Ukraine.

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine has commented on an alleged ban on entry to Ukraine for Swedish recording artist Alban Nwapa (stage name Dr. Alban), saying only Russian citizens are subject to vetting to check whether they have visited Russia-occupied Crimea in breach of Ukrainian laws.

“In relation to the said foreigner, the Security Service of Ukraine did not make any decision to ban entry into the territory of Ukraine. At the same time, we note that under the law of Ukraine on tour activity, the Security Service of Ukraine screens citizens of the aggressor state only,” it said, responding to an inquiry about Dr. Alban, which came from the Civil Oversight Council under the National Anti-corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU).

As UNIAN reported earlier, in December, Nwapa on his Instagram account thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for allegedly interceding in having the authorities allow him to cross into Ukraine. The singer had previously done a gig in Crimea and allegedly broke Ukrainian law by not receiving permission through the proper channels.

(c) Unian

31 comments

  1. “only Russian citizens are subject to vetting to check whether they have visited Russia-occupied Crimea in breach of Ukrainian laws.”

    This is BS. Gรฉrard Depardieu was banned from entering Ukraine for 5 years, as far as I know he isn’t Russian.

  2. The Swedes are getting darker and darker …
    “Nwapa on his Instagram account thanked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for allegedly interceding in having the authorities allow him to cross into Ukraine.”
    If true, this is another proof of what a pathetic little clown Zelensky is.

    • It’s many years since Swedes was looking like an Englishman on vacation in Spain, red as a lobster ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Off topic: I believe youโ€™re Norwegian Knuters? I came across an interesting music video from a village in Norway. Artist is singing authentic country music in her own accent live to a pre-recorded backing track. Itโ€™s an impressive effort to put it mildly.

        https://youtu.be/aG3xObpfcWk

        • Yes I’m Norwegian ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not a fan of country but she’s well known, she has a very good voice.

          You must listen to this Norwegian singer, 14 years old now!

          • She clearly has talent. But has been too highly polished and prepped up for my taste. Iโ€™d rather go to a downbeat place in the middle of nowhere and here a mature woman singing soulfully, rather than a contrived uptown showbiz event like that one. But good luck to the girl. Most people on talent shows disappear quite quickly, whereas the Heidi woman will always work.

              • I did not criticize her. I merely pointed out that my taste is for more earthy talent. The surviving members of Queen still receive handsome royalties for the songs they co-wrote: itโ€™s business! Of course they will praise people who enhance the legend of the song. Personally I dislike Queen because I prefer more soulful music. But I respect fully their talent. Chick singers are ten a penny. I prefer artists who have developed their craft the hard way: by performing to the paying public over a number of years, rather than appearing on a talent show!

                • Too much music is now generated through computers, even voices are changed beyond recognition. The days are gone were you actually had to have talent to appear on TV, and as you said, learning the hard way by appearing at clubs across the country, tossing your gear into a van every night after a performance. What is annoying, talent competitions that are the rage now, used to be warm ups for the real programmes coming on TV, now they are the main attraction, just shows how far TV has fallen.

                  • One of my early favorites was a Danish band named Savage Rose. When I was 16 I wanted to visit a concert in Copenhagen but wasn’t allowed by my parents to travel. But we did take some days free, 3 days in Copenhagen listening to Anisette, visiting the free town of Christiania, was well worth 14 days in “prison” at home when I returned on day 5 ๐Ÿ˜€
                    https://youtu.be/uVnpgUV7B84

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