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Eurovision Bans Russia As Major Sports And Entertainment Companies Withdraw Amid Invasion — See The Full List Here

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The Eurovision Song Contest, the wildly popular international songwriting competition, will not allow a Russian act to participate this year over concerns the country’s inclusion could “bring the competition into disrepute” as Russia faces worldwide backlash over the invasion of Ukraine—here’s a full list of the organizations that have cut ties with Russia:

Thomas Raggi, Damiano David, Victoria De Angelis and Ethan Torchio of Måneskin from Italy react on … [+] stage to winning for the song “Zitti e buoni” during the 65th Eurovision Song Contest grand final held at Rotterdam Ahoy on May 22, 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Key Facts

The move by Eurovision to bar Russia from the competition is a reversal of the European Broadcasting Union’s stance earlier this week, when it said Russia would still be allowed to compete in this year’s contest, slated to be held this May in Turin, Italy.

Eurovision isn’t the only event Russia has been cut from since the country’s invasion of Ukraine:  The UEFA will relocate the Champion’s League men’s soccer final from St. Petersburg to France, and require Russian and Ukrainian clubs and national teams to play home matches at neutral venues.

The International Ski Federation said it will cancel or book another venue for its remaining World Cup events scheduled in Russia this season, a move it said will affect six events.

Delta suspended its partnership with Aeroflot, Russia’s national airline, and will no longer allow customers to book flights with the two companies on the same ticket.

German soccer club FC Schalke 04 said it would remove the logo of main sponsor GAZPROM – a gas company majority owned by the Russian state – from players’ jerseys.

Estonia and Romania have joined a growing list of countries, including the U.K., Poland and Bulgaria, in banning Russian airlines from their airspace, the countries said Saturday.

British Interior Minister Priti Patel said Saturday that the United Kingdom has canceled the visas for the Belarusian men’s basketball team over Belarus’ involvement in Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

Key Background
Backlash against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been swift. Officials from all over the world condemned what Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called a “special military operation,” and Russia has been targeted with sanctions. Thousands of protestors have joined rallies against the invasion in at least a dozen countries.

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