As reported by Censor.NET citing the statement by the SBU press office, the agency believes that the president's approval of bill amending the law on concert tours in Ukraine with the participation of citizens of the aggressor state is an important step in countering the Russian hybrid war in the information space and ensuring Ukraine's national security.
The SBU noted that the order had been developed in accordance with the presidential law.
"When drafting a request to the SBU to obtain information on the presence or absence of legal grounds to prevent a citizen of an aggressor state from participating in a concert tour, it is mandatory to submit information about the organizer of the concert tour, the date, time, venue and name of the concert tour, the name, date of birth, stage name of a citizen of the aggressor state, who plan to participate in the tour, their membership of creative groups and other information featuring their performance," the agency said.
The request must be sent to the SBU via email or by conventional mail.
The agency also recalls that according to the amended law on concert tours in Ukraine, if the participant of the planned tour is a national of the aggressor state, the organizer at least 30 days before the tour requests SBU's permission for the artist to enter the country and perform in the specified tour. The organizer must also provide the SBU with reliable information about itself and the performer.
The SBU considers the request and gives formal response to the organizer ten days after the receipt of the request. After subsequent conclusion of the contract with a performer, the organizer must take into account that SBU may find legitimate grounds to banish the performer even after the issuing a travel permit. The law also provides for a fine in case of its violation.
As reported, the bill regulating concert tours in Ukraine was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on Oct. 5, 2017. On Nov. 7, President Poroshenko signed the document. The law comes into force on the day following the day of its publication.