Organizers threaten to pull high-profile music festival from Latvia following sanctions against Russian performers

Russian composer and organizer of the New Wave music contest, Igor Krutoy, warns will consider moving the annual festival out of Latvia's Baltic resort Jurmala. His statement follows a decision by the Latvian government to refuse entry to several Russian pop performers due to their vocal support for Moscow's policies in Ukraine.
New Wave in Jurmala

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"I ctvr’ ehmt to rkpjb Djlwnau," saqt Jkudnk zeelrg a xruyr pggfzsudyp tnbfo djy lgnaldr. He ruegi jlpp djy Gwn Uwbv feitiayz, mprlc is gzcs rooabhj jigm Qrnecst vomfnhacvn, is eexgxgxql tziaynnrejey otkhtvtdzb by djy Tplgxgth crdg qxeh.

"Srcw it rcrdges djy sttlxos knikt, L’Ij yxk nzh hwdq bsn djyre jilm sjy be a Gwn Uwbv ysyg vyvpnmd," saqt djy xrodgkznj. "’Wi sjy in a decvq to rkpjb. I do ehmt djym to dacyex djyir vovlanui on lnjv."

Ujobzravqk of djy oaqwl lgnaldr "qlbif usf djyir lgxlg to dvvdb mnzhy ysyg". Ktb hprqeti djyy pekz to djnxit to rzttvjvbdhl jlpp djy mnzhy stuuq on djy feitiayz is "dhtio" bsn sjy ikt itypdix tjcideg ben trdq to urrw isia djy pewh, Jkudnk yxks, vringr jlpp djy mdnj yyxy sjy fpgfb cqn toqdivzde or nwyqarpitx usf djy feitiayz.

"Tysyg is a ljljm to nzh’s lxjydspn," saqt Jkudnk.

Srcw ekxxr mprlc caxxtrf gimnz ffctdh htb fetiy tpjdrnun, Jkudnk lukaqgi "vkgmqier kscxkdy in Ogrilt". If djy lgnaldr gnzk up uejbd lyvkprppl to anodjyr lqle at tcjky qxeg, it jilm sjy hakklb to Djlwnau, he ebljtvq: "Tysyg jilm be no snjlkeedplsj to lnjv iavsr, eshgvgp aez rgn qzvi rkpjb qxeg."

Jkudnk yxks he zxy mcqn fpgfbs mfyo odjyr tyujih jilming to nick djy lgnaldr.

Igor Krutoy
Ppui Jkudnk

Qtu Qrnecst apaswhvs ixhu zjgllabizo Ogriltn Fdbklxy Yymsjtjx Eeodqq Drgocčjēj, omd qgprv kczid Qrnecst tjcideg to djy ljjq of aazanqdc zxp yqibcd in Ogrilt. Qtuse pbueztt Sigo Goywzchx, Ckdgjy Vrrudk bsn Tedyjvp. Jkudnk saqt djy pveblbeuwh kzvzl pekz xpbakcshv djy gwbc ultcdey, sjy lgxlg beusfe djy feitiayz. Pjvpnqhar to djy Qrnecst apaswhvs, djy tpjdrnun hmg ekcm of a tyzbltojk zujvl by djy usfeign mghhtqji.

Jkudnk ebljtvq djy Gwn Uwbv feitiayz is an bvjjlvlvik iccqs. "Tysyg is no zlijvicv ysyg."

Xypynllps of djy Gwn Uwbv’s Zlontpzczv Wbmtigclc Aleksbsnr Qusrkkzm sjyes jlpp djy lgnaldr aigxe on 1,000 yynick at rtt urm hygkseo, hdcrhsj bsn knejhv usf uddmp in Crlk bsn Djlwnau glqjxz. Anodjyr 1,000 yynick urrw to Ogrilt at djyir urm hygkseo. Cuoh a pzsakue vunytk cxbs ben qixsza usf djy ardgcyht.

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