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 Russian poetess Astakhova performed in Odesa despite visiting occupied Crimea. PHOTOS

Russian poetess Irina Astakhova (pen name Akh Astakhova) gave a performance on Sunday, Aug. 13, in Odesa, despite protests of local activists over her visit to occupied Crimea.

Censor.NET reports citing Krym.Realii.

Social media users published photos and video from her evening in local Pliazhnyk club.

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Activists wrote in social media that Akh Astakhova visited occupied Crimea with performances in 2015. Despite this fact, which is a violation of Ukraine's law "On touring in Ukraine," administration of Pliazhnyk club decided to hold this event, activist Serhii Sternenko wrote on Facebook.

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A video of her performance in occupied Crimean city of Simferopol is available online. For that performance, she has been included in Myrotvorets database.

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Neither the poetess nor the administration of the club have commented on the situation so far.

Foreign artists who visit occupied Crimea through border control points closed by Ukraine commit a violation of the Ukrainian legislation. A number of artists who gave concerts in Crimea or voiced their support to the occupation, have been deprived of their right to perform in mainland Ukraine.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has warned foreign citizens and persons without nationality against illegal trips to Crimea.
 
 
 
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