As part of the dispute over Crimea, American businesses are forbidden from doing business with anyone in Vladimir Putin’s ‘inner circle’ – a list of 27 people known to have close ties with the Russian President. Helsinki’s Hartwall venue is owned by Gennady Timchenko and brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, three of the names on that list.
Also slated to appear this summer are Robbie Williams, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith and Elton John – all of whom could also be affected due to their ties to US management companies.
No cancellations have been confirmed as yet, as the concerts’ US ticket promoter, Live Nation, could apply to the US Government for the concerts to go ahead. However, Live Nation has said it would work to ensure the US sanctions were upheld.
The situation hinges on whether or not money for the venue had already changed hands prior to the sanctions being put in place. If so, then no more money will change hands but the concerts may go ahead. If not, then the gigs are likely to be cancelled unless sanctions are lifted.