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Russian writer, opposition activist asks Kyiv for political asylum

Russian writer, opposition activist asks Kyiv for political asylumUkraine's State Border Guard Service said on August, 21, that a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked Kyiv to grant him political asylum after arriving at the Ukraine-Belarus border.

Initially, Ukrainian authorities didn't give the name of the political refugee.

As Radio Liberty reported later in the day, Oleh Slobodyan, a spokesman for Ukraine's State Border Guard Service, told RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service that activist Roman Roslovtsev requested political asylum at passport control at the Novi Yarilovichi crossing on Ukraine's northern border with Belarus.

Roslovtsev is well known for being detained on numerous occasions for staging one-man protests while wearing a Putin mask.

Roslovtsev told Ukraine's independent Hromadske.tv channel on August 21 that he has asked Ukraine for political asylum because of persecution by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), the main successor agency to the Soviet KGB, and "the inability to continue protest activity in Russia."

He did not say in the published version of the interview that he was the individual cited in the State Border Guard Service statement.

The State Border Guard Service added that the man's case has been referred to migration authorities, Radio Liberty reported.
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