Russian performers take a stand in opposition to Ukraine struggle


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Russian performers have begun canceling live shows of their house nation and becoming a member of a bigger “no to war” marketing campaign condemning the Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops to invade Ukraine on Feb. 24 after recognizing the independence of two separatist areas within the nation. He labeled the assault a “special military mission.”

Outspoken Russian pop group Pussy Riot has used its stage to protest the struggle.

Founding member Nadya Tolokonnikova just lately dropped a “F— Putin” at a New York Metropolis live performance.


“I hate war. I love peace. I support Ukraine. F— Putin. I hope he dies soon,” Tolokonnikova stated.

Tolokonnikova spoke to The Guardian in regards to the devastation in Ukraine.

“I’m in a panic, I’m crying every day,” she advised the outlet. “I don’t think it was in any sense necessary. I don’t think it was in any sense logical. It wasn’t something that had to happen. It’s a disaster that will end thousands of people’s lives. I’m freaking out.

‘You cannot play nice with Putin’

“Folks underestimate how harmful dictators are. In 2014, we spoke to the U.Ok. Parliament, we spoke on the Senate within the U.S., we have been requested by lots of people how they need to discuss to Putin, how they need to body the dialog, and I all the time suggested that they need to be as strict as they may. You can’t play good with Putin.”


Pussy Riot has been outspoken against Putin for years, and two of its members spent two years in jail for speaking out against the Russian government.

Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested after the group staged a flash mob-style performance in a Moscow cathedral. They performed the song “Near the Altar” and encouraged the Virgin Mary to “throw Putin out.”

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“I used to be traumatized by jail,” Tolokonnikova told The Guardian. “I used to be barely useful once I acquired launched. I suffered from a very extreme melancholy in 2014. I’m nonetheless on remedy for melancholy brought on by PTSD.”

Canceled concerts

Conductor Semyon Bychkov canceled upcoming June performances with the Russian National Youth Symphony Orchestra at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow.


“It is a painful choice as I used to be wanting ahead with monumental pleasure to creating music with the exceptionally gifted younger Russian artists,” Bychkov said. “But doing so underneath the current circumstances could be an unconscionable act of acquiescence.” 

“I would like the spirit of this choice to be unmistakably clear: It’s by no means directed on the orchestra or its public. The emotional struggling of peculiar Russian individuals at the moment, the sensation of disgrace and financial losses they expertise are actual. So is a way of helplessness in face of repression inflicted by the regime. These people who dare to oppose this struggle put their very own life in peril. They want us who’re free to take a stand and say, ‘The guns must fall silent so that we can celebrate life over death.’”

Russian rapper Oxxxymiron, known formally as Miron Fyodorov, canceled six sold-out shows planned for Moscow and St. Petersburg as part of the antiwar movement.

“I do know that most individuals in Russia are in opposition to this struggle, and I’m assured that the extra individuals would discuss their actual perspective to it, the sooner we are able to cease this horror,” Oxxxymiron said in a video posted to Instagram.

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“I can not entertain you when Russian missiles are falling on Ukraine. When residents of Kyiv are pressured to cover in basements and within the metro whereas individuals are dying.”

Olga Smirnova publicly declared she is

Olga Smirnova publicly declared she is “ashamed of Russia” amid the continuing battle between the nation and Ukraine.
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‘Ashamed of Russia’

Russian prima ballerina Olga Smirnova publicly admitted she is “ashamed of Russia.”

“I cannot but say that with all the fibers of my soul I am against the war,” Smirnova wrote on a newly created Telegram account, in response to the New York Post.

“I never thought that I would be ashamed of Russia. I have always been proud of the talented Russian people, our cultural and sporting achievements,” the 30-year-old added. “But now the line is drawn on the before and after.

“It hurts that individuals are dying, whereas others are disadvantaged of a roof over their heads or pressured to depart their houses. Political points in a contemporary civilized society needs to be resolved completely via peaceable negotiations.”

Outside of Russian performers, other stars across the world are denouncing the war. 

British ballet dancer Xander Parish revealed he is leaving Russia and the country’s prestigious Mariinsky Ballet “till peace comes.”

“Pricey buddies & followers, tonight I used to be alleged to be performing Giselle on the Mariinsky Theatre however as an alternative, as a result of terrible disaster I’ve taken the troublesome choice to depart Russia, at the very least till peace comes,” Parish wrote

“My coronary heart goes out to the individuals of Ukraine, close to and much, together with @kate_chebykina pictured with me right here in @jivoy_dance’s ‘I’m not Scared.’ I’m so grateful to the Mariinsky Theatre who, due to Yuri Fateev, took me in 12 years in the past and gave me a profession in classical ballet I might solely have dreamed about.”

British ballet dancer Xander Parish revealed he was leaving Russia and the country's prestigious Mariinsky Ballet

British ballet dancer Xander Parish revealed he was leaving Russia and the nation’s prestigious Mariinsky Ballet “until peace comes.”
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Inexperienced Day canceled a live performance, scheduled for Might, in Moscow.

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“With heavy hearts, in light of current events we feel it is necessary to cancel our upcoming show in Moscow at Spartak Stadium,” Inexperienced Day wrote on its Instagram Story.

“We are aware that this moment is not about stadium rock shows, it’s much bigger than that. But we also know that rock and roll is forever and we feel confident there will be a time and a place for us to return in the future,” the band continued. “Refunds available at the point of purchase. Stay safe.”

Over the past two weeks, main gamers in Hollywood have taken swift motion of their very own to sentence President Vladimir Putin’s actions with musicians, competition organizers and trade leaders saying their selections to postpone occasions in Russia, severely limiting leisure choices within the nation.

Putin launched a full-scale assault on Ukraine on Feb. 24.

On Wednesday, a Russian airstrike devastated a maternity hospital within the besieged port metropolis of Mariupol amid rising warnings from the West that Moscow’s invasion is about to take a extra brutal and indiscriminate flip. Ukrainian officers stated at the very least 17 individuals have been wounded within the assault.

Each day Submit Digital’s Melissa Roberto and The Related Press contributed to this report.


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