Russian actor suspected of terrorism after getting separatist republic pass

Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) opened a criminal case against notorious Russian actor and former Orthodox priest Ivan Okhlobystin. He is suspected of creating a terrorist group, Olena Gitlyanskaya, a representative of the agency, says.

The fact of granting a passport of the unrecognized Donetsk Republic gave ground for initiating the case. In accordance with Article 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, the actor may face up to 15 years in prison.


Ivan Okhlobystin and Alexander Zakharchenko, photo

On November 30, separatist leader Alexander Zakharchenko presented a new passport to Ivan Okhlobystin.

Meanwhile, Anton Gerashchenko, an advisor to Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, called on the USA, the EU, Israel and Japan to impose sanctions on the Russian actor who was banned from entering Ukraine in September, 2014. The movies and TV shows featuring him are taken off the air. Latvia and Estonia also deny entry to Okhlobystin.