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Kobzon in Russia-occupied Ukraine (Photo: Andrew Butko)

Italy lets in Russian singer, despite EU blacklist

The EU has agreed to prolong a blacklist of 150 Russians and Ukrainians blamed for stirring the conflict, but one of them is getting special treatment.

Member states' ambassadors took the unanimous decision in Brussels on Tuesday (2 September).

The formal act will be adopted either by written procedure or by ministers, most likely at a general affairs council on 14 September.

The list was to expire on 15 September.

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Kobzon in Russia-occupied Ukraine (Photo: Andrew Butko)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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