Ukraine: Lawmakers vote against bill banning Russian artists

11 October 2016

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 …

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Ukraine: All Russian films released since 2014 banned

6 April 2016

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 …

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Ukraine: Italian opera singer cancels concerts in Crimea

22 January 2016

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 …

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Iran/Lebanon/Ukraine: Artists affected by conflicts

4 August 2015

When conflicts unfold between and within countries, artists’ rights to artistic freedom of expression are often violated. Recently, artists have been affected by the ongoing conflicts between Russia and Ukraine, and between Israel and Lebanon as well as Iran. Singer banned in Iran after performance in Israel The Iranian-born British …

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Ukraine: Three Russian films banned

23 February 2015

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:

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Ukraine: Ban on films featuring Russian actor who supports separatists

15 December 2014

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 …

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