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Russian Cultural Boycott Over Crimea Grows

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

As the European Union continues to mull possible sanctions on Russia, artists across Europe are actively rallying in defense of Ukraine following the deployment of Russian troops on its territory.

The cultural fallout from President Vladimir Putin's move to seize the strategic Crimean Peninsula is already palpable. A growing number of foreign artists are canceling performances in Russia amid mounting calls for a cultural boycott of the country.

One of them is Alvis Khermanis, the director of Latvia's New Riga Theater, who has withdrawn from a joint project with Moscow's renowned Bolshoi Theater. His theater has called off an upcoming tour in Russia and appearances at festivals in St. Petersburg and Omsk.

"Russia's military aggression against Ukraine has created a situation in which no Latvian citizen can remain neutral," the theater said in a statement. It called for a boycott of all cultural events in Russia.

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Written by Claire Bigg in Prague based on reporting by Dmitry Volchek

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Russian Cultural Boycott Over Crimea Grows

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