Ukrainian human rights activist banned from entering Russia

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Russian border guards banned a Ukrainian human rights activist from entering the country on Friday, the Kharkov human rights group said.

Russian border guards banned a Ukrainian human rights activist from entering the country on Friday, the Kharkov human rights group said.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) border guard department said that Vasyl Ovsiyenko is on a list of people banned from entering Russia.

The Kharkov group said Ovsiyenko was taken off a Moscow-bound train in the early hours of the morning.

The bilateral blacklisting of Russian and Ukrainian nationals was common during the term of office of former Ukrainian leader president Viktor Yushchenko, whose pro-Western policies saw relations between the two former Soviet republics deteriorate.

State Duma deputy Konstantin Zatulin and Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov were among the Russian officials banned from entering Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine are currently intending to scrap the practice of blacklists. Ties have improved since President Viktor Yanukovych came to power in Ukraine earlier this year.

KIEV/VORONEZH, July 23 (RIA Novosti)

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