Despite the war it is waging in Ukraine, Russia wants to organize the International Tchaikovsky Competition, which is held every four years, from June 19 to July 1, in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In April 2022, two months after the beginning of the conflict, the Tchaikovsky Competition had been banned from the World Federation of Music Competitions, because « financed and used as a promotional tool by the Russian regime ».

The Tchaikovsky Competition is openly supported by Vladimir Putin and chaired by Valery Gergiev, an official supporter of the Kremlin.

To participate in the competition is therefore an acknowledgement of all this: Putin’s dictatorial regime and his barbaric war in Ukraine. To participate in the contest means that the candidate does not care about the sport of Ukraine and its inhabitants.

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