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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JK Rowling hints at misuse of charity funds in prank call

23rd June

A Russian prank call to JK Rowling was held last week where the author was not aware she was being recorded and asked if her charity could fund weapons to kill Russians, but say it was for children by whom she believed to be Zelensky (begins 7:13 in video). She said that she understood.

If she plans to do this with the UK office of her charity Lumos, it is illegal in the UK under:

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Russian DJ banned from music festivals for not criticising Russia enough

24th May

Russian DJ and performer Nina Kraviz has been banned from festivals in Detroit, The Hague and Dortmund.

Time magazine launched a campaign against her. Criticism of the ban included

“Music and sports are the only segments which connect people around the world. Leave them alone.”

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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.”

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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”.

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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,

Banned from coding, apps, news

5th April 2022

The Google summer of code 2022 has banned Russian and Belorussian participants. Alphabet aka Google have also labelled, censored and banned both independent and state affiliated Russian media. Google have stopped users carrying out normal financial transactions via the Play store and Youtube.

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