Ukraine: Art exhibition suffered multiple threats and attacks

More than a dozen masked men stormed into the Visual Culture Research Centre (VCRC) on 7 February 2017, vandalized Davyd Chychkan’s ‘The Lost Opportunity’ exhibition and beat a security guard at the venue in Ukrainian capital Kiev, reported Polish network Political Critique on 8 February 2017. VCRC reported on its Facebook page that just a […]

Ukraine: Banning of films continues

By Oksana Chelysheva In the period from 2014 to 2017 over 500 films produced in Russia have been banned from being broadcast and distributed in Ukraine. The list published by Ukraine’s National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting comprises not only films produced in Russia during the conflict which erupted in spring 2014, but also […]

Ukraine: Lawmakers vote against bill banning Russian artists

Lawmakers in Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, voted against a bill that would have restricted all Russian artists who wanted to tour in the country, and would only have been allowed to do so if they submitted a written condemnation of “the occupation of Ukrianian territory” to promoters, reported Billboard on 7 October 2016. The […]

Ukraine: Government to bar blacklisted Russian singers in European song contest

The Ukrainian government said on 9 September 2016 that it would deny entry into the country to blacklisted Russian singers competing for the 62nd Eurovision contest set to take place in capital Kiev in May 2017 if they are found to support the separatist cause stemming from Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, reported Reuters on 9 […]

Ukraine: Belarusian singer denied entry due to Crimea concert

Belarusian singer Max Korzh was denied entry into Ukraine on 17 February 2016 where he was due to go on his five-city tour in the country in early March, reported BBC Ukraine on 26 February 2016. While organisers said the tour would be postponed until later in the year, press secretary for Ukraine’s security service […]

Poland: Ukrainian band stopped at border due to local threats

Polish authorities did not let Ukrainian band Ot Vinta cross the border into Poland as local hard-core football fans known as Ultras threatened to stage mass riots and burn down the stage the band was set to perform on if they were let into the country. The band was scheduled to play in a festival […]

Ukraine: All Russian films released since 2014 banned

The Ukrainian parliament has voted to ban all Russian films made since 1 January 2014 as a means to limit “propaganda used by an occupant-state” and defend “national security in the information sphere”, reported Russia Today on 30 March 2016. Ukraine already had a Law on Cinematography in place adopted in 2015 that banned Russian […]

Ukraine: Italian opera singer cancels concerts in Crimea

After the Ukrainian Ministry of Culture said on 18 January 2016 that it would cancel Italian opera singer Alessandro Safina’s concerts in the country since he also scheduled performances in Crimea, the singer announced on 22 January 2016 that he would cancel his two dates in the contested region, reported Ukraine Today. Safina said he […]

Ukraine: Three Russian films banned

Ukraine’s state cinema agency has banned three Russian films from being screened in the country, including the popular ‘Brother 2’, which was filmed 15 years ago. » Source: www.themoscowtimes.com

Ukraine: Ban on films featuring Russian actor who supports separatists

Ukraine has banned films and tv-series featuring Russian actor Ivan Okhlobystin, who recently visited the Donbass region controlled by separatists. Ukraine’s expert commission on film exhibition has ruled that exhibition licenses for over 70 films starring Okhlobystin should be revoked, announced Yuri Artemenko, head of the National Council for Television and Radio, on his Facebook […]

Russia and Ukraine: Musicians caught between conflict, bitter rhetoric and outright bans

As the conflict in Ukraine unfolds, political borders turn into cultural borders, and artists on both sides suffer the consequences. Russians are banning Ukrainian artists from performing, and vice versa. By Masha Egupova On September 25, as Russian singer Andrei Makarevich was performing at the House of Music in Moscow, members of the unregistered nationalist […]

Ukraine: Abducted street artist released briefly, then imprisoned again

The 47-year-old Ukrainian artist Serhiy Zakharov is being persecuted for having displayed caricature installations in the streets of Donetsk which ridiculed local rebel leaders. On 6 August 2014, Serhiy Zakharov was abducted by a group of armed men who appeared at his home. His artwork and computer were also seized. He was taken to the […]

Russia: Ukrainian film director arrested by Russian Secret Service in Crimea

A Ukrainian film director has been seized from his home by Russian secret service officials. The head of one of Germany’s leading regional film funds is calling for his release. Kirsten Niehuus, head of Medienboar Berlin Brandenburg, says director Oleg Sentsov was arrested at his home in Simferopol, Crimea and accused of organizing a terrorist […]

 

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