Russian Orthodox Church vandalised in Geneva

30th October

Paint was thrown over the entrance to the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Geneva, which is a parish of the Russian Orthodox Church

Following the incident, the Russian embassy sent a note of protest to the Swiss Federal Department for Foreign Affairs demanding that urgent measures be taken to identify and punish those responsible for defacing the church. Geneva cantonal police confirmed to the Keystone-SDA news agency that they had seen the damage on Friday morning. A complaint has been lodged and an investigation will be carried out, a police spokesperson said.

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Ireland bans Russian & Belarus visitors unless they have visa

24th October

The Government is set to remove visa entitlements of Russian and Belarusian travellers coming to Ireland from the UK. Under an existing arrangement, Russians and Belarusians traveling from the UK to Ireland would not have to apply for visa when entering this country., owned by Independent News & Media (INM), a subsidiary of Mediahuis

Norwegian run Arctic snow and ice gets a dose of political protectionism

13th October 2022

Svalbard Tourism Council excludes Russian member. Claiming it was “no longer possible to remain passive about the warfare in Ukraine,” the Svalbard Tourism Council voted this week to cut ties with one of its own members, the Russian state-owned firm Trust Arcticugol in the popular tourist destination of Barentsburg. The council on the Norwegian-run Arctic archipelago claimed it’s reacting to “related violations of international law and human rights.”

Russian consulate in New York vandalised with red paint

1st October 2022

Officers said they responded to an emergency call just after 1.30am that reported paint sprayed across the facade of the consulate on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. A police spokeman said the investigation is ongoing into the potential “bias incident” and no arrests have been made. The bright red paint appeared hours before Putin announced he was annexing four parts of Ukraine occupied by his army.

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EU conveniently forgets what freedom of movement means

26th August

Racist politicians indulge in self serving attempt to persecute Russians on behalf of their nationality. Repeatedly dehumanising citizens and trying to create tension where it doesn’t exist. As a distraction from their political problems., funded by the German government

Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute discriminates then apologies for rejecting Russian applicant

12th August

The Beatson Institute is a Scottish registered charity in Glasgow funded and supported by Cancer Research UK

The email had read: “The Beatson has established a new policy upon which I am unable to appoint you because you are Russian.” Owen Sansom, Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute director, said the organisation “does not have a policy of declining any applications from Russian students on the basis of their nationality”.

Owen Sansom, Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute director, said the organisation “does not have a policy of declining any applications from Russian students on the basis of their nationality”…“Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and offers are always reviewed against external checks, such as visa requirements or UK government sanctions…“In this case there was an initial misunderstanding of these restrictions, which has been addressed.”

Sansom said the organisation has contacted the applicant involved to offer them a place and “have apologised for any distress caused”. He added it is reviewing processes internally to prevent this issue from occurring again in future.

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Top Finnish volleyball player banned from national team

29th July 2022

libero Lauri Kerminen plays for Dynamo Moscow club.

Finnish Volleyball Association President Lauri Inna told public broadcaster YLE “there is no other way to act now”. “The leadership of the union [Finnish Volleyball Association] was asked for help and we made a decision. Now the team doesn’t have to worry too much about this kind of thing.”

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