However, the SBU — as the nation’s intelligence agency is known — denies the existence of a comprehensive “blacklist” of foreigners for political reasons, saying that such decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. The SBU also refused to identify the foreigners banned or say how many are banned or give the specific reasons for doing so.
The SBU statement justifies banning entry of foreign citizens and stateless persons as “one of the tools to ensure the protection of state sovereignty, constitutional order, territorial integrity, economic, scientific and defense potential of Ukraine.” The entire statement in Ukrainian can be found here.
Fears grew after the border control’s refusal on Dec. 21 to let Georgian businessman George Kikvadze into the nation. He landed at Kyiv’s Boryspil International Airport, but has since returned to Georgia to sort the situation out. He has a Ukrainian wife and permanent residency. No reason was given for his denial of entry.