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Pushkov, on US Sanctions List, To Be Given Visa to Attend UNGA
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Aleksei Pushkov, head of the State Duma's Committee on International Fairs, will be given a US visa to accompany President Vladimir Putin's delegation to the UN General Assembly, a source told Gazeta.ru.

Pushkov was placed on the US Treasury Department's sanctions list last year in connection with his support of the Russian annexation of Crimea.

His visa will be restricted to travel to a 25-mile radius around New York City, as has been done in the past with persons banned from US entry but attending UN events, such as  Belarusian leader Alyaksandr Lukashenka. The US policy has not always been uniform in application of this policy, as Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir was barred completely from the US in 2013, even to the UN area.

If Pushkov is given a visa, he will be the only one in the Russian delegation to UNGA who has been placed under sanctions. The others in the delegation, aside from Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, are Yury Ushakov, a presidential aide for international affairs; Gennady Gatilov, deputy head of the Foreign Ministry; Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the US; and Konstantin Kosachev, head of the Federation Council's Committee on International Affairs.

In August, Valentina Matvienko, former speaker of the Russian Duma or lower house of parliament, also placed under sanctions, applied to attend a meeting of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU), a UN-related event that was not strictly organized by UN headquarters. Faced with restrictions that included the inability to travel to the IPU's venue itself and only allowed to attend meetings at the UN compound, she and the rest of the Russian delegation announced that they were cancelling their trip to the US.

Pushkov was from 1993-2000 a member of the editorial board of Foreign Policy magazine.


-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick