Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture declared popular Italian singer Al Bano as a threat to national security and hence blacklisted him.
The veteran Italian entertainer has now been included on a national security blacklist published by the Ukrainian government’s culture ministry on Monday.
The singer, whose real name is Albano Carrisi, is one of the 147 names on the list .
No explanation is given why individuals are listed as a national security threat, but Al Bano in the past has expressed admiration for Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Al Bano has openly said that he believes Crimea, which Putin annexed in 2014, is Russian territory.