Thursday, April 3, 2014

Finnish her off

If we had a vote, we'd be for paying Russia to keep her;
Finnish music fans may find they miss out on planned concerts by a host of stars, including Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake, this summer.
Both stars may be forced to cancel their sell-out shows as a result of US sanctions against Russia.
Helsinki's Hartwall venue is owned by Gennady Timchenko and brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg.
All three appear on the US sanctions list as part of Russian President Vladimir Putin's "inner circle".
Finland awaits the U.S. Treasury's decision with....
Under the US sanctions no American citizen or business can provide Mr Timchenko or the Rotenberg brothers with "economic resources", effectively preventing business from being conducted with them.
But the concerts' US ticket promoter, Live Nation, could apply to the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (Ofac), part of the Treasury Department, for a licence to authorise the transaction. 
Oh, FAC.

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