Kobzon tries again to reclaim hotel bill

Russian pop singer and Kremlin friend Yosif Kobzon has decided to try again to appeal to the Constitutional Court his blacklisting by Latvian Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs, despite the Court’s recent refusal to hear even the case on its merits, reported BNS Friday.

Court spokesperson Lina Kovalevska confirmed that Kobzon’s repeated complaint has been officially received at the court, which will assess the submission within one month’s time.

His previous appeal, submitted in mid-December, disputed the Immigration Law which does not provide for his right to appeal the blacklisting.

However the Constitutional Court refused to open the case because the applicant had not proved any infringement of his fundamental rights.

In July, the Foreign Minister named Kobzon and two other prominent stars scheduled to take part the New Wave Russian pop music festival in Jurmala as blacklisted from entering the country due to their overt statements against the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

Kobzon subsequently said he was incensed that he had already paid for his hotel bill when he was blacklisted and intended to get his expenses back.

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