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Director Sokurov turned to the HRC because he was not allowed to travel to Finland

Russian director Alexander Sokurov could not leave Russia for Finland.

“They didn’t let me out, because they didn’t want to let me out, that’s all … I was kept at the border for exactly as long as my plane flew to Milan from Helsinki … It was the most economical option – to get from St. Petersburg to Helsinki, and then to Milan right away,” he said in an interview with RIA Novosti.

According to Sokurov, he filed a complaint with Human Rights Council (HRC), but did not demand any proceedings, but simply spoke about the incident.

The director said that he is now in Russia and is not going to leave the country forever.

In December last year, at a meeting of the HRC, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin entered into a debate with Alexander Sokurov about the structure of Russia. The director said that the republics of the North Caucasus allegedly became nationalist, and suggested giving freedom of choice to those who do not want to live as part of the country. Putin did not support this opinion and expressed his counterarguments. He noted that it is necessary to take into account the specifics and multinationality of Russia. The director began to interrupt the head of state, and the president urged the interlocutor not to turn the HRC meeting into a talk show.

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