Call For Boycott Of 2018 Russian World Cup Reaches European Commission

Protesters gathered at the European Commission in Brussels (31st May) to demand a boycott of the World Cup finals to be held in Russia in two weeks time. 

Just three days after the last major international sporting event to be held in Russia, the Sochi Winter Olympics of 2014, President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops into the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. His subsequent illegal annexation of internationally recognised Ukrainian sovereignty territory, made him the first European leader since Adolf Hitler to commit such an atrocity. 

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The protesters questioned how it could be that Russia could be allowed the honour of hosting such a prestigious tournament, after the annexation, and subsequent Russian military actions in eastern Ukraine which has resulted in thousands of deaths, including 298 innocent people who lost their lives in the shooting down by a missile from a launcher belonging to the 53rd Anti-aircraft Brigade of the Russian Federation, stationed in Kursk.

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