Armless Activist Karipbek Kuyukov Can’t Enter UK Because He Has No Fingerprints

An anti-nuclear activist who was born without arms was not allowed to enter the United Kingdom because he was unable to give fingerprints.

Karipbek Kuyukov was planning to attend an anti-nuclear conference in Edinburgh.

Prior to his trip, Kuyukov received a letter from the British Consulate in Istanbul saying his "biometrics were of poor quality." The letter also asked him to resubmit his application.

Kuyukov, 44, had to cancel his appearance at the conference. He spoke about his disappointment:

"Maybe they did not understand that I am disabled or check the information provided. But in my online visa application it was written that I am an artist and that I don't have hands. I paint by holding a brush in my mouth and between my toes."

Kuyukov was born in the Semipalatinsk region of Kazakhstan, the former Soviet Union's main nuclear testing ground. He was one of thousands of children born with disabilities during the nuclear test program, the Huffington Post reported.

He has tried to use his painting to campaign against nuclear weapons.

Sources: The Huffington Post, BBC


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