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Poland's Senate Speaker, former dissident, says Russia banned him from Nemtsov's funeral

Poland's Senate speaker says Russia's authorities have denied him entry into the country for the funeral of slain Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.

Former Solidarity activist Bogdan Borusewicz was to lead a delegation of Poland's politicians and lawmakers for Nemtsov's funeral Tuesday. Nemtsov was shot dead Friday night near the Kremlin.

Borusewicz told reporters Monday he was told he will not get a Russian visa. It was not immediately clear if other members of the delegation would get their visas.

The ban comes at a time when Poland's ties with Russia are strained over the conflict in eastern Ukraine.