First it was sport now musicians boycott Russia
British singers Louis Tomlinson and Yungblud along with the band Franz Ferdinand have canceled upcoming performances in Russia in light of the Russian-Ukrainian war, following in the footsteps of other musical groups to do so.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand said they were holding Russian concerts planned for the summer, adding that “the only reason for this is the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian state” .
“We love Russia. This great country has inspired our band through its art and literature and since we first played there seventeen years ago, we have built a rich and deep relationship with our fans. Russians,” the band said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched what he called “a special military operation” last Thursday.
“We spoke to many of our friends in Russia via social media and encountered unanimous opposition to this violence and solidarity with our Ukrainian friends,” the group said.
“We know you see the madness of the leaders of your country. We know you don’t want war. We don’t want war.”
Tomlinson, a former member of boy band One Direction, said Monday night he was canceling tours in Moscow and Kyiv.
“The safety of my fans is my priority and my thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and all those suffering from this unnecessary war,” he wrote on Twitter.
Announcing he had canceled his broadcasts in Russia, Yungblud said he was “heartbroken” to do so following Moscow’s assault on its neighbor, the biggest attack on a European state since World War II. .
Other artists who have held Russian concerts in recent days include American rock bands Green Day and Health and indie pop trio AJR.