Given the current situation in Ukraine, Sting has assured that he will no longer give private concerts for Russian oligarchs. The singer did indeed perform on stage for the son of a Russian billionaire in 2016, but he told the Mirror that those days are now over. “No oligarch in Britain, Russia or anywhere else is able to book a concert, wedding or party. Those days are behind me,” he said. As a reminder, Sting sang with Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias at the wedding of a certain Said, son of Russian oligarch Mikhail Gutseriev. The ceremony, which took place in Moscow, cost a billion dollars, according to the Mirror. In 2021, Mikhail Gutseriev was sanctioned by the European Union because of his support for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. “(A) long-time associate of Mr. Lukashenko, who is responsible for serious human rights violations and the repression of civil society and the democratic opposition in Belarus”, had been the argument put forward.
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Sting: the singer replays a song from 1985 about the Cold War
On Instagram, Sting took up his hit Russians, written during the Cold War, which he now dedicates to the “brave Ukrainians who fight against this brutal tyranny and also (to the) many Russians who protest against this outrage despite the threat of arrest and imprisonment”. “Never thought she would be relevant again,” the singer writes. “But, in light of one man’s bloody and woefully misguided decision to invade a peaceful and non-threatening neighbor, the song is, once again, a call to our common humanity (…) Stop the war .”
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