Russian Memorial vandalised on Corfu

28th March

A memorial in the town of Corfu dedicated to Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, a 18th century Russian naval commander and admiral was attacked. Unknown vandals removed the Greek and Russian flags from the memorial before throwing red paint on it, the Russian embassy said on Twitter on Saturday.

Greek City Times, independent website

Strictly Coming Dancing told to publicly condemn war or never come back

12th March

BBC Strictly Come Dancing Russian pros Katya Jones and Luba Mushtuk, have reportedly been told to come out and condemn the war in Ukraine or never come back.

The duo are being told to end their silence over Vladimir Putin’s actions. Their fellow pros Nikita Kuzmin and Nadiya are Ukrainian.

Birmingham Mail, owned by Reach plc

Banning Russian lessons; public censorship

12th March

Russian classes at a Warrington primary school have been cancelled. The language, history and dance sessions are run at St Wilfrid’s CE Primary School in Grappenhall on Saturday mornings and have continued in recent weeks.

Comments disagreeing with the decision are no longer available on the article.

Warrington Guardian, owned by US Gannett and UK Newsquest

Canada, Germany, Japan, Ireland cancel Russian pianists

9th March

Canada’s Montreal Symphony Orchestra banned Alexander Malofeev from performing his recitals. MyScena

Ludmila Berlinskaya lost performance opportunities in Germany and Japan as a result of concert providers not wanting to promote Russian artists at this time. Violin Channel

The Honens International Piano Competition in Canada and the Dublin International Piano Competition in Ireland invite young pianists from around the world to compete for prizes and performance and recording opportunities – but this year, neither will be open to Russian pianists. classical-music.com, published by Our Media and owned by BBC.

A ‘small island’ wave banning Russian music and musicians

3rd – 10th March

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia – The dance troop has had dates cancelled in British cities including Bristol, Wolverhampton, Peterborough, Northampton, Edinburgh and London

Royal Moscow Ballet – A performance of Swan Lake by the group in Dublin was cancelled

Euronews, mostly owned by Media Globe Network

The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra’s decision to remove Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky from its forthcoming programme due to the conflict in Ukraine has been branded a “terrible mistake” by a classical music critic.

Ivan Hewett said that the decision showed “how quickly common sense can be set aside, when passions are inflamed by conflict”

Nation.cymru , sponsored by the Welsh government

Czech restaurants refuse to serve citizens from Russia and Belarus

7th March

Some shops and restaurants put up signs in Czech and Russian saying, “We will not serve Russian and Belarusian occupiers.” Others want Russian patrons to pass some sort of moral test. A sign in a restaurant in the Zizkov district of Prague declares: “Before I start paying attention to you, you must first declare that Putin and Lukashenko are mass murderers. Then you will apologize for them and show remorse. Only then will you be allowed to order.

Sarah J Seaman, IvanMoravec.net independent website