U.S. Sanctions Against Russia May Hit Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake in Finland

By Courtney E. Smith

UPDATE (April 8, 10:21 am EST): It seems you can’t stop Miley from playing in Finland. According to Reuters (via Billboard), a concert promoter confirmed that despite U.S. sanctions against the venue’s Russian owners, Cyrus and several other American pop stars, including Justin Timberlake and Nine Inch Nails, will be allowed to play shows in Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena.

The U.S. sanctions against Russia in reaction to the latter’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula might have an adverse effect on musicians in an unexpected place: Finland.

Justin Timberlake and Miley Cyrus have scheduled tour dates in Finland at Helsinki’s Hartwall Arena in May and June respectively, but the venue is owned by Russian oil trader Gannady Timchenko and brothers Boris and Arkady Rotenberg. Reuters reports that as a result of the sanctions all three men have had their assets frozen and visas banned.

The shows are currently under investigation by their organizer, LiveNation Finland who are in talks with the U.S. government to see if the sanctions will translate to canceled shows.

“We are examining the possibility whether this could have an impact on American artists’ shows. If it does, then we will need to come up with a different solution. But I believe that the problem will be solved and the concerts will be held,”  Nina Castren, the chief executive of LiveNation Finland, told Reuters.

In that same time frame, the venue also has scheduled performances from Nine Inch Nails and Aerosmith that could be impacted.


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