Deputy Dmitry Kuznetsov sent a letter to the head of the FSB with a request to consider the possibility of a ban on entry into Russia for two members of the group – Alexander Uman and Yegor Bortnik.
To the soloists of the “B- 2” may prohibit entry into the territory of the Russian Federation. Dmitry Kuznetsov, a member of the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the faction “Fair Russia – For Truth,” Dmitry Kuznetsov, applied to the FSB with this initiative, the TASS agency reports.
The deputy wrote a letter addressed to the head of the FSB, Alexander Bortnikov, stating that the members of the musical group “Bi-2” took an anti-Russian position. Some media reports that the soloists of the group suspended those employees who allegedly supported the war in Ukraine. In addition, the musicians wrote a song with political overtones on the topic of Russian-Ukrainian relations, and also refused to give a concert in Omsk because of the presence of a banner with the letter “Z”.
Kuznetsov notes that the FSB has already banned some artists who do not have Russian citizenship and make anti-Russian statements from entering the country. According to him, the members of the Bi-2 group have repeatedly stressed in their interviews that they are not citizens of Russia. Moreover, they continue their concert activity in the Russian Federation and oppose the Russian army.
“Based on the foregoing, guided by the federal law “On the procedure for leaving the Russian Federation and entering the Russian Federation”, in order to ensure the defense capability or security of the state, I ask you, dear Alexander Vasilyevich (Bortnikov), to consider the possibility of taking restrictive measures in the form of a ban on entry into the territory of the Russian Federation for Uman Alexander Nikolaevich and Bortnik Yegor Mikhailovich,” the text of the letter says.
The reaction of the musicians
Members of the Bi-2 band Yegor Bortnik and Alexander Uman are natives of the Belarusian SSR . In an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, they said that they really do not have Russian citizenship. Bortnik has an Israeli passport, Uman has an Australian passport.
Musicians have not yet responded to information about a possible ban on entry into Russia and have not commented on Kuznetsov's letter to the FSB.
Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Taras Shevchenko on June 24 announced the creation of ” white list” of Russian artists whose work can be distributed in Ukraine. The list will include those performers who supported Ukraine and condemned the military aggression of the Russian Federation.