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Ukraine. Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov and soprano Anna Netrebko placed under sanctions. Zelensky signed the decree

Ukraine.  Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov and soprano Anna Netrebko placed under sanctions.  Zelensky signed the decree

Ukraine. Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov and soprano Anna Netrebko placed under sanctions. Zelensky signed the decree

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on the introduction of sanctions against, among others, famous Russian artists. The list includes Oscar-winning director Nikita Mikhalkov and soprano Anna Netrebko.

Volodymyr Zelensky approved the decision of the National Security and Defense Council with his Saturday decree Ukraine (NSDC), which decided to apply the Sanctions Act passed in October 2022 to Kremlin artists and propagandists. The head of Zelensky’s office Andriy Yermak informed about the decision of the President of Ukraine.

After the assault Russia to Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Nikita Mikhalkov clearly sided with the regime Vladimir Putinclaiming, among other things, that the war was caused by Western countries fighting against Russian civilization. He also accused Ukraine of conducting work on biological weaponswhich would be transported to Russia with the help of birds.

Photo from October 21, 2020

Interview between Vladimir Putin and Nikita MikhalkovPhoto from October 21, 2020kremlin.ru

Photo from February 8, 2014

Nikita Mikhalkov at the meeting of Vladimir Putin with the organizers and participants of the Winter Olympic Games in SochiPhoto from February 8, 2014kremlin.ru

Anna Netrebko has repeatedly publicly praised Putin’s policy and publicly recognized the separatist republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, which are subordinated to the Kremlin and not recognized by the international community. The singer also donated money to the opera house in Donetsk, controlled by pro-Russian separatists.

Anna Netrebko at the rehearsal of the opera "Manon Lescaut" Giacomo Puccini in Moscow (2016 recording)

Anna Netrebko at the rehearsal of the opera “Manon Lescaut” by Giacomo Puccini in Moscow (recording from 2016)Reuters Archive

119 artists and propagandists blacklisted

The list included a total of 119 people associated with Russian culture, both high and mass, as well as pro-Kremlin ideologues such as Alexander Dugina historian and political scientist called the main ideologist of Vladimir Putin, or Margarita Simonian, one of the most important faces of the Russian regime’s war propaganda.

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Anna Netrebko in New York in 2016Reuters Archive

The sanctions include, inter alia, the blocking of financial assets in the territory of Ukraine, the ban on conducting financial operations, preventing the withdrawal of capital from Ukraine, cancellation or suspension of licenses and other operating permits, deprivation of intellectual property rights and deprivation of state decorations and other distinctions awarded by the Ukrainian state, as well as prohibited from entering and staying in that country.

The decree also obliges the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine to inform the competent authorities of the European Union, the United States and other countries about the imposition of sanctions and to raise the issue of introducing similar measures with them.

Main photo source: kremlin.ru

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