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.

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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.

Truck terrorism

7th March

A truck used to deliver ecclesiastical supplies was driven through the gates of the Russian embassy in Dublin this afternoon.

Eyewitnesses described seeing a man reverse the truck through the gates on Orwell Road at around 1.30pm.

Witnesses said he then got out of the truck and distributed photos, alleged to be of victims of the conflict in Ukraine.

Russian children bullied in Ireland

4th March

The Russian ambassador said that he is aware of instances where Russian children are being bullied in school.

He said: “The problem that we’re seeing and which people are describing to us is children in school.

“Unfortunately, there are elements of bullying and this is very unfortunate because in general, in my opinion, the Irish people are generally sympathetic and kind, but sometimes, it seems, completely unaware of the situation, so that they take it on themselves to act on the basis of some analysis they have in their heads, and this, unfortunately, can affect our children studying local schools.”

RTE, Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland