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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukrainian Aide Barred at the Border

KIEV -- Ukraine's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday criticized Moscow for barring a top presidential adviser from entering Russia hours after Ukraine expelled a Russian nationalist leader.

Mykola Zhulinsky, a senior aide to President Viktor Yushchenko on cultural issues, was denied entry to Russia late Tuesday while traveling to St. Petersburg on a private trip.

That happened hours after Alexander Dugin, leader of the Eurasian Youth Union, was deported from Simferopol. Kiev had declared Dugin persona non grata, arguing that he sought to destabilize the country.

The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday sent Russia a protest note, calling the incident "inhumane treatment" of its citizen and demanding an explanation.

"What kind a democracy is it?" Zhulinsky said of Russia after returning to Kiev. Russia's ambassador to Ukraine, Viktor Chernomyrdin, said Russia barred Zhulinsky in response to Ukraine's treatment of Dugin.