Russian cats hit with sanctions — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

Russian-owned felines banned from international competitions as punishment for Moscow’s attack on Ukraine

The International Feline Federation (FIFe) has weighed in on the Ukraine crisis, banning Russian-owned cats from participating in its shows as punishment for Moscow’s military attack on the former Soviet republic.

“The FIFe Executive Board is shocked and horrified that the Russian Federation Army has invaded the Republic of Ukraine and started a war,” the Paris-based federation said on Tuesday. The group added that it “can’t just witness these atrocities and do nothing.”

As a result, cats owned by Russian residents will be banned from entering FIFe shows. Additionally, no cats bred in Russia can be imported and registered in a FIFe stud book, the group said.

The sanctions will remain in place until at least May and may be extended, presumably depending on what happens in Ukraine. FIFe said it would use part of its budget to support cat breeders and fanciers in Ukraine. “Our feline friends from Ukraine are desperately trying to take care of their cats and other animals in these difficult circumstances,” says the federation.

FIFe is a federation of cat registries with member organizations in 39 countries in Europe, South America and Asia. It is also one of the nine members of the World Cat Congress.

Russia’s international punishment for the attack on Ukraine has extended well beyond economic sanctions against the country. Russian athletes have been excluded from competitions and individuals from various walks of life have been penalized. Russian conductor Valery Gergiev has been sacked from his post at the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra for failing to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin. He also lost bookings with the Bavarian State Opera and was forced to resign as honorary chairman of the Edinburgh International Festival. Legendary soprano Anna Netrebko has also lost bookings in Germany despite issuing a statement against the war.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov complained on Wednesday that Western sanctions targeted not only state leaders but also ordinary people, contrary to international standards. “I didn’t think that these sanctions, caused by impotent anger, would cover the sports movement, cultural exchange and relate to contact between people,” he added. he told Al Jazeera media.

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