UK Labour party and Guardian launch fishfinger hate campaign against Russian fish.

14th May

Fish fingers sold in most UK supermarkets use whitefish caught by Russian ships…“Labour has been pressing the government on the issue of Russian fish being commonplace on UK supermarket shelves and we are disappointed at their lack of urgency to act on this.”

Guardian, owned by Guardian Media and the Scott Trust

Wimbledon update: Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova – don’t ban athletes because of their nationality

24th April

One of the guiding principles of the founding of the WTA was that any girl in the world if she was good enough, would have a place to compete. “I stood by that in 1973 and I stand by that today. I cannot support the banning of individual athletes from any tournament, simply because of their nationality.

“Tennis is stronger when we stand together, and our continued support of the Tennis Plays for Peace initiative, which provides meaningful financial support and resources to Ukraine, needs to be our focus”.

Another tennis legend said that banning Russian and Belarusian players was not the right thing to do.

“Exclusion is not the way to go,” Navratilova said. “And as much as I feel for the Ukrainian players and Ukrainian people, I think this is just going further than [the AELTC] needed to be going, quite frankly.

I think it’s the wrong decision. “It’s unfair to the whole world. There’s so much bad going on. I think this is not helpful. I understand the banning of teams, of course, but on an individual level, I just think it’s wrong”.

Tennis World USA, published by Coppini Trading (Pty) LTD

Update: Wimbledon bans Russian and Belarusian players this year

20th April

“We have very carefully considered the alternative measures that might be taken within the UK Government guidance but, given the high profile environment of The Championships, the importance of not allowing sport to be used to promote the Russian regime and our broader concerns for public and player (including family) safety, we do not believe it is viable to proceed on any other basis at The Championships”

All England Tennis Club,

Russian Orthodox Church burnt in Paris

17th April

A small wooden Russian Orthodox chapel suffered extensive damage.

The fire consumed the Church building and its icons. Priests who were inside the Church were evacuated by the authorities. The Church belongs to the Archdiocese of the Orthodox Churches of Russian Tradition in Western Europe of the Patriarchate of Moscow. The cause of the fire is being evaluated by the forensic team to determine whether it was an accident or a case of arson.

Orthodoxy Cognate Page, published by OCP Society

Jean Sibelius Violin Competition Excludes Russian Participants

8th April

The organisers say that the decision to exclude two young Russian qualifying participants was because the “Competition Committee has no moral or ethical option but to exclude the Russians from the competition. With this decision, the Competition Committee also wants to guarantee a neutral and peaceful environment for all competitors.” “

The Violin Channel, Australian independently funded

Threats, bricks and discrimination in the Netherlands

6th April

Threats to restaurants, a supermarket and a brick thrown through windows. 11 reported accounts of discrimination including banned from attending a sports event, banned from accessing notary services, cancelled from music events. These are the reported ones, they think it is thetip of the iceberg.

DutchNews.nl, privately funded by readers