Russia avoids the Oscars as the Ukraine crisis affects the arts

Due to the damage that Moscow’s deteriorating relations with the West over Ukraine have done to the arts and culture, Russia has chosen not to submit a film to compete in the Oscars this year.

The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscars will not be presented in 2022 due to a decision made by the Russian Film Academy’s praesidium, the Russian academy announced in a statement late on Monday.

The chairman of the committee in charge of choosing a nominee announced on Tuesday that he had resigned as a result of a choice made “behind his back.”

Pavel Chukhray announced his resignation in a letter that stated “the leadership of the Academy unilaterally decided not to propose a Russian film for the Oscar nomination.”

Nikita Mikhalkov, a pro-Kremlin filmmaker, earlier claimed to the Russian state-run TASS news agency that Russia has nothing to gain from taking part this year.

He was quoted as saying, “It just seems to me that choosing a film that will represent Russia in a country that in actuality today denies the existence of Russia, does not make sense.”

Instead, the 76-year-old has suggested making a comparable award for nations in Eurasia, including the former Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Burnt by the Sun, a 1995 feature film by Mikhalkov portraying the miseries of life under Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

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