Minsk KVN team “children of the Turing” refused to continue playing in the Russian Premier League in 2020, as the quarterfinals will be held in occupied Crimea. The video with the corresponding statement published on July 18 on your team page in the social network “Vkontakte”.
Comedians from the Belarusian state University his refusal argued three reasons. First, according to them, the world is still experiencing a pandemic coronavirus infection COVID-19. Secondly, the status of annexed Crimea. The third reason is the good relations of the Belarusian state University with Ukrainian universities, which can deteriorate if the team will travel to Crimea via Russia.
Team captain mark Velichko said that Belarus adheres to neutrality in matters of affiliation of the Peninsula. According to him, the way through Russia to the Crimea is unacceptable, and to get to the tournament through the territory of Ukraine is impossible because of the pandemic.
Team members reported that they have a guarantee of returning to the Premier League KVN in 2021.
Russia annexed Crimea after the illegal referendum on 16 March 2014. The annexation of Crimea by Russia is not recognised by Ukraine and most countries of the world. In the moment between mainland Ukraine and the Crimea there is an access control regime, and Kiev de facto controls the Peninsula.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in China. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.