Boycott call: Russia at center of storm

Since 24 January and the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, several institutions have decided to boycott Russia to show their support for the people of Ukraine.

In the world of sports and culture, support for Ukraine is growing, often taking the form of boycotting Russia and all of its actors from competitions, festivals and performances. Here’s a (non-detailed) tour of the penalties so far.

Sports league against Russia

Sport is arguably the medium that has garnered the most action against Russia. Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) urged all federations to ban Russian athletes from all competitions in response to Ukraine’s invasion. A suggestion that has been taken into account by the institutions.

Indeed, two days before the opening of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games, Russian and Belarusian athletes were excluded from the competition. Thus the International Paralympic Committee reversed its decision to allow them to participate under a neutral banner and without an anthem.

In the matter of football, FIFA has decided to exclude the Russian team from the next World Cup to be held in Qatar at the end of the year. At the European level, UEFA is imposing a similar fate on Russian clubs. Spartak Moscow will therefore not play against Leipzig in their round of 16 Europa League. It should also be noted that the institution has decided to move the Champions League final, originally scheduled for St.

In Formula 1, the British Motorsports Federation has announced that no Russian or Belarusian licensed teams or drivers will be able to compete in motorsport competition in the UK. It therefore excludes Russian driver Nikita Mazepin, a member of the Haas team, from the Silverstone Grand Prix scheduled for next July.

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And the list is still long: basketball, figure skating, cycling, rugby, tennis, volleyball, athletics, handball, hockey and biathlon. Russian teams and athletes have been banned from all competitions and eliminated or suspended from all championships.

Cinema is slowly following the movement

On the cinema side, major institutions have followed this general boycott movement. The Cannes Film Festival has in fact announced that it will not welcome the Russian delegation for its 75th edition, which will be held in May. So solidarity with the Ukrainian people will not tolerate any body affiliated with the Russian government.

In addition, the European Film Academy has decided to exclude Russian films at the next European Film Awards in December 2022. It is currently involved in massive global sanctions against Russia, including suspending the theatrical releases of Disney films. , Warner and Sony.

Wave of cancellations of classical music festivals

In music, we especially boycott Russian artists. And the famous conductor Valery Gergiev, in particular, is known for his close association with Vladimir Putin, who did not publicly condemn the invasion of Ukraine. Thus the Philharmonie de Paris or the Swiss festival of Lucerne has canceled many of their concert dates. In addition, his appearance as head of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York has been cancelled, as has Russian pianist Denis Matsuev.

For her part, Russian soprano Anna Netrebko has decided not to openly oppose Putin’s government, after declaring her disagreement with the Russian invasion. In response, the Bavarian Opera and La Scala canceled the singer’s performance.

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We also saw the cancellation of performances due to the Russian origin of the musicians whose work was to be performed. In Slovakia, the national orchestra has removed a piece of cantatas from its program. Alexander Nevsky by Prokofiev. In Croatia, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra has canceled performances of two works by Tchaikovsky. In the end, the Warsaw Opera decided to deprogram Boris Godunov Mussorgsky on the pretext that it is a Russian opera.

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