Kremlin "persuaded" Indonesia to set up Galkin for his pro-Ukrainian stance: the artist revealed how Russia prevents him from performing abroad
The Russian government has written a letter to its Indonesian counterparts demanding that pro-Ukrainian comedian Maxim Galkin, an emigrant with a pro-Ukrainian stance, be banned from entering the country. He revealed that this is not the first time the Kremlin has made efforts to prevent his tour because of anti-Russian jokes.
In particular, last year, at the behest of the Russians, the star did not perform in Kazakhstan, and then in Thailand. In the UAE, the organizers of his concert were fined. Galkin wrote about this on his Instagram page.
Russian media spread a fake that the emigrant was not allowed to enter Indonesia because of the country's pro-Russian views. However, the comedian denied the news, assuring that he had been treated very politely, had been granted a visa, and had signed all the necessary contracts.
Problems arose during the passport control check, where the Russian was told and later repeated that the Russian government had urged him not to enter Bali.
"The reason was given almost immediately and repeated several times by different border guards: a letter from the Russian government asking me not to enter Bali. I was shown the letter, but, of course, I was politely refused a copy. All the services, both transport and border guards, expressed their benevolent surprise at how I deserved such an honor and such personal attention from the Russian authorities," the comedian explained.
The artist called the propagandists' claims about "blacklists" and the "government's position" on him "ridiculous."
"In Thailand, the Russian authorities worked according to a different scheme: they put pressure on the owners of the halls, who have strong ties with the Russian consulate and Russian tourism. It's funny that the Russian state is wasting the time and efforts of many people who could find a more worthy use for their homeland than maniacal persecution of dissenting artists abroad," the impersonator wrote.
He also said that he perceives the troubles as "working moments in the present time" and shamed Russian bloggers and media who deceive people for trying to make money through his name.