CIS Countries Institute Director, Russian State Duma lower house lawmaker Konstantin Zatulin is about to open a mission of his Institute in Lugansk.

According to an UNIAN correspondent, he said this at a news conference in Lugansk today.

At the same time, K. Zatulin expressed hope that after the today’s discussion of this issue with oblast council leadership, the branch of the institute in Lugansk will get an active start. One of the tasks of the branch will be to present the point of view of the Institute concerning the development of relations between Ukraine and Russia, he said.

K. Zatulin added he was registered as an official observer at the snap parliamentary poll in Ukraine, and will observe the election in the Crimea and Sevastopol.

At the same time, he noted that the Ukrainian election stir up some anxiety.

K. Zatulin believes that the Our Ukraine – People’s Self Defence Bloc will be interested that election be recognized invalid.

As UNIAN reported earlier, K.Zatulin was banned from entering Ukraine on May 16, 2006, after he attended protests against NATO-led military exercises in the Crimea and made remarks about Ukraine`s foreign policy.

In July Ukraine lifted its entry ban on Konstantin Zatulin. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry stressed that the ban was lifted after Russia made repeated requests, and said that those formerly subject to the ban would be stopped on the Ukrainian border each time they enter the country to be warned of the consequences of repeating their actions.

If these individuals ignore the warning, the ministry said, the ban will be reinstated.