Four more Russians added to Latvia's entry blacklist

Four more Russian citizens have been declared personae non gratae in Latvia, Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs announced May 9.

The cancelled quartet were named in a tweet as F. Kirkorov, V. Vinokur, Y. Petrosian [corrected from T. Petrosian] and I. Viner-Usmanova. They are barred from entry to Latvia indefinitely and are, respectively, a singer, two comedians and a sports coach.

The most well-known of them is the extravagantly-coiffed and bizarrely-bearded singer Philipp Kirkorov, who is already banned by both Estonia and Lithuania, not on the grounds of his singing but for his support for Russia's aggression in Ukraine over a period of years. 

Kirkorov had been due to play a concert in Rīga on May 25.


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