Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst has been banned from Ukraine for five years according to Ukrainian news media.
In a report by Billboard, the ban came after Durst penned a letter in October that stated that he was interested in buying a house in Crimea, the region that was annexed by Russia in 2014.
The letter came after Prime Minister of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, called upon Western celebrities to take up residence in the region, promising to turn the Black Sea peninsular into “a new Beverly Hills.”
According to Billboard, the letter itself revealed Durst’s intentions to spend six months in Crimea to produce and film television content. Durst’s wife Kseniya Beryazina hails from Crimea herself, with Durst revealing in January in an interview with Sputnik that “How Russia is portrayed in the media is far from reality, and I want to prove to everyone that it’s really cool!”
Unfortunately for Durst, his potential Ukrainian neighbours do not share his views on the nation that invaded them in 2014.
According to Ukrainian publication Apostrof (the site is in Cyrillic), Durst has been banned from entering Ukraine “in the interests of guaranteeing the security of our state.”
The restrictions on Durst’s movements are unlikely to deter Durst’s movements in the Eastern European region in the future however, with Limp Bizkit having just wrapped up a mammoth 20 date Russian tour that ran through October and November.