Ukraine sanctions dozens of artists, public figures of Russia | Russo-Ukrainian War

The list includes Vienna-based opera singer Anna Netrebko and 118 others.

Ukraine has placed dozens of Russian artists and other public figures on the sanctions list, according to an order released by the presidential office.

Saturday’s announcement lists big names from the worlds of opera, film and pop amid the backdrop war is going on in Ukraine.

One of the most famous is Vienna-based opera singer Anna Netrebko, who has been criticized for being too close to the Kremlin and too uncritical of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In February last year, Netrebko speak she was “opposed” to the war.

“I’m Russian and I love my country but I have many friends in Ukraine and the pain and suffering right now breaks my heart.”

She added that it is not right to force artists and other public figures to express their “political views in public and denounce their homeland”.

The sanctions list also includes Russian pop star Philipp Kirkorov and actor and director Nikita Mikhalkov, who has won awards at film festivals including Cannes and Venice.

Netrebko and 118 others, including three Ukrainians, will have all assets in Ukraine frozen. TASS news agency reported that the sanctions will be in effect for 10 years.

Ukrainian media also reported that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy revoked the citizenship of 13 clerical members of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at the end of December. The individuals are unknown.

Traditionally, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has close ties with Russia and only fully seceded from Moscow after the Russians
The invasion started in February of last year.

Leaders in Kyiv see the church’s links to Russia as a threat to the country’s security.


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