From sports to alcohol and classical music, a boycott of Russia is growing following its invasion of Ukraine
The Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation (NLC), which is responsible for the importation, sale and distribution of alcohol in the province, announced on Twitter that it would “remove Russian-origin products from its shelves”, adding, “These include Standard Russian Vodka and Standard Russian Platinum Vodka.”
The NLC operates 25 liquor stores and supplies 144 Liquor Express outlets in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to its official website.
Some Canadian consumers have welcomed this decision, praise on Twitter as a “great decision”, while others were more skeptical. “What’s it gonna do?” one reviewer wrote, “NL Liquor and other liquor boards have already purchased and paid for the products. It won’t hurt them. »
📢 The Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, along with other liquor jurisdictions across Canada, has made the decision to remove Russian-origin products from its shelves. These include Standard Russian Vodka and Platinum Standard Russian Vodka.
— NLC liquor store (@nlliquor) February 25, 2022
Elsewhere in Canada, Steven Del Duca, the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, tweeted that he had written to the Liquor Control Board of Ontario, one of the world’s largest liquor buyers and retailers, according to its website, “demanding prompt action”. to remove Russian vodka from store shelves. He said “all means to cut Vladimir Putin should be considered, both provincially and federally.”
Later Friday, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario said in a statement that it would remove Russian products from nearly 700 stores.
“The LCBO stands with Ukraine, its people and the Ukrainian Canadian community here in Ontario,” she said.
In response to the current crisis, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced sanctions this week targeting 58 individuals and entities linked to Russia. He said Canada would no longer issue export permits for Russia and had canceled hundreds of existing permits worth more than US$545 million.
Elsewhere, the sport continued to be an arena for boycott as the Polish Football Association announced on Saturday that its national football team would not take part in an upcoming World Cup tournament qualifier. The match was due to take place in Russia next month, said Cezary Kulesza, president of the Polish Football Association.
“Due to the escalation of the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the Polish national team does not intend to play the play-off match against Russia,” he said. on Twitter.
No more words, it’s time to act! Due to the escalation of the aggression of the Russian Federation towards Ukraine, the Polish national team does not intend to play the play-off match against Russia. We are in talks with the federations 🇸🇪 and 🇨🇿 to present a joint statement to FIFA.
— Cezary Kulesza (@Czarek_Kulesza) February 26, 2022
Polish national team players expressed their support for the decision.
“It’s the right decision! I cannot imagine playing a match with the Russian national team in a situation where armed aggression in Ukraine continues,” said team captain Robert Lewandowski. tweeted. “Russian footballers and fans are not responsible for this, but we cannot pretend that nothing is happening.”
Some online commentators demand whether football’s governing body FIFA would ‘stay out of geopolitics and stick to its football mandate’, while others rented the players. One of them said: “Poland should not have to take this position because @FIFAcom should have already banned Russia from the competition.
FIFA said in a statement on Thursday that it condemns Russia’s use of force in Ukraine and will continue to monitor the situation.
Another major football tournament final is moved from Russia to France due to the invasion: European football’s governing body UEFA announced on Friday that it will move the Champions League final from May 28 from the Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg to Paris.
In other sports, Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals’ Russian ice hockey star, delivered an anti-war message on Friday and said he hoped the fighting would be over soon and there would be “the peace all over the world”.
Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev has gone viral online after video footage showed him writing “No War Please” on a TV camera moments after winning a match in Dubai on Friday.
In motor racing, Formula One said this week that it had withdrawn its race from Sochi, Russia, following the invasion of Ukraine. The Russian Grand Prix was scheduled for September 25.
“We watch the developments in Ukraine with sadness and shock and hope for a quick and peaceful resolution to the current situation,” Formula 1 said in a statement. Former F1 champion Sebastian Vettel has also said he will not race in Russia.
In the arts, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra said it dropped Russian Valery Gergiev as conductor for a US concert tour, which begins at Carnegie Hall, because of his support for President Vladimir Putin.
In Germany, the mayor of Munich has followed suit and threatened to remove Gergiev as conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra unless he publicly declares by Monday that he does not support the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. The Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra has also said it will scrap the 68-year-old Russian’s planned festival in September, the Associated Press reported.