Russian comedian and TV presenter Maksim Galkin (included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of foreign agents) stated that he was not blacklisted Indonesia. The artist responded to the ban on entry into the country on his Instagram (social network is prohibited in RF; belongs to the Meta corporation, which is recognized as extremist in Russia and is banned).
Galkin noted that two days before arriving at Bali his work visa was approved, the documents for the performance were also in order. However, the artist was refused at passport control, citing a letter from the Russian authorities.
At the same time, they did not show the document to Galkin and did not make a copy of it. “They are much calmer to satisfy the request of the Russian Federation than to understand the issues of one particular unknown artist,” the comedian commented and assured that he was not on any blacklists.
Galkin promised that the money for tickets to the canceled concert would be returned, and noted that he regarded the incident as “working issues in the current conditions.” According to him, over the past year and a half he has given about 150 concerts in different countries, while only two were canceled “under pressure from the authorities.” Kazakhstan in the fall of 2023, two in Thailand and one in Bali.
Previously journalist Anna Mongait (recognized as a foreign agent in the Russian Federation) reportedthat Maxim Galkin was not allowed into Indonesia and was blacklisted, despite the absence of problems with a visa and documents for holding a concert.