Visa issues threaten Russian attendance ahead of European RMRs

A recent tightening of visa processing for Russian citizens means many players are in danger of missing the RMR tournaments.

1WIN, Aurora, K23 and Benched Heroes are all in danger of missing players at the European RMRs, or missing the event altogether, due to stricter guidelines being in place for visa processing for Russian citizens. The information has come to light in reports by Dust2.dk and cybersport.ru, with HLTV reaching out to Benched Heroes.

Issues trace back to an announcement from the European Commission on September 9, where new guidelines were presented for the processing of short-stay visa applications for Russian citizens looking to travel to countries within the European Union.

Aunkere is in danger of missing out due to visa issues

These new guidelines include allowing consulates, who process visa applications, to "deprioritise non-essential travel", extend the period for deciding on visa applications from 15 to 45 days, and request additional supporting documentation.

Both Dust2.dk and cybersport.ru reported that, as a result of the new guidelines, K23, 1WIN and Aurora had run into problems procuring visas they require to travel to Malta for their squads. Dust2.dk specifically reported that Aurora still need visas for their manager, coach, and one player.

Cybersport.ru reported that 1WIN only have visas in place for Igor "⁠lollipop21k⁠" Solodkov and Egor "⁠flamie⁠" Vasilyev, with Denis "⁠deko⁠" Zhukov commenting in a later report that his chances of obtaining a visa are "50/50".

Benched Heroes are also facing problems, with Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield tweeting on September 22 to that affect whilst also adding that he is "unsure what the final lineup will be". In a comment to HLTV smooya confirmed that Eugene "⁠Aunkere⁠" Karyat was in danger of missing out, with the young Russian also tweeting about the situation.

smooya also told HLTV.org that he was unsure if Buğra "⁠Calyx⁠" Arkın would secure a visa in time, but this situation is unrelated to the issues facing Russian players and teams.

According to the ESL rulebook, teams are only able to sub in players that were submitted as part of their roster by the September 8 deadline, suggesting that teams missing more than one player will be forced to withdraw. The rules do state that the submitted coach can act as a substitute, but only where no substitute player is registered.

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As for the rules surrounding replacement teams, they state that the next team in line from the final open qualifier will be invited to the RMR as a replacement, meaning Illuminar's 7th place finish in the fourth open qualifier would see them invited as the first port of call. Forward were the team to finish 8th in the last open qualifier, but beyond that the next teams all finished in joint 9-16th place, meaning it is unclear how replacement invites would be handled if more than two teams drop out.

Reseeding will occur if replacement teams are invited, up to one week before the tournament. If teams withdraw less than one week before, the team that replaces them will adopt their seeding.

When approached by Dust2.dk regarding the current situation ESL stated that they were aware of the stricter visa application process, but provided no further comment.

The new visa guidelines also advised "particular scrutiny" be given to Russian applications, and that member states should "refrain from issuing multiple-entry visas with long validity". The final point suggests that these visa issues will likely continue in the near future for Russian teams and players.

Russia Denis 'deko' Zhukov
Denis 'deko' Zhukov
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.21
Maps played:
442
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.58
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
1.17
Maps played:
905
KPR:
0.79
DPR:
0.62
Russia Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Egor 'flamie' Vasilyev
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
1665
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.66
Belarus Igor 'lollipop21k' Solodkov
Igor 'lollipop21k' Solodkov
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1211
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
Turkey Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Buğra 'Calyx' Arkın
Age:
24
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1121
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.63
Russia Eugene 'Aunkere' Karyat
Eugene 'Aunkere' Karyat
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
342
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.67
#1
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Germany aL1337
poor smooya :(
2022-09-23 19:56
6 replies
hes gets fucked over alot :(
2022-09-23 20:01
3 replies
prob lost all his sponsors on twitch too since they banned gambling
2022-09-23 21:05
2 replies
#181
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Ukraine I_say_Ok
no smooya lets gooooo
2022-09-23 23:03
1 reply
LMAOO
2022-09-24 07:23
poor guy smooooya doesn't deserve it :(
2022-09-23 22:01
What a shame this is ... I was looking forward their match against Na'Vi
2022-09-23 22:04
Unlukoo
2022-09-23 19:52
sadge
2022-09-23 19:52
RIP CIS ERA
2022-09-23 19:52
13 replies
#167
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Ukraine Kellso
why cis? kz belarus and ukrainian players also can't get to rmr?
2022-09-23 22:52
12 replies
all about money
2022-09-23 22:53
3 replies
#170
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Ukraine Kellso
aunkere got no money?
2022-09-23 22:54
2 replies
maybe he has money but his offer about visa get declined but cybersport.ru/tags/cs-go/jerry-rasskazal.. atleast for forze everything is OK because their ORG solved all
2022-09-23 22:55
1 reply
"From there we cross the border into Finland by car and go to Helsinki airport." The decision to restrict the entry of Russians to Finland and to issue visas to them has been made - President's Office. at least he tried
2022-09-24 03:18
#239
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Russia grosamalo
trash players
2022-09-24 10:49
1 reply
#241
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Ukraine Kellso
Disagree. lollipop b1t qikert are pretty good players
2022-09-24 10:58
theres no much russian speaking players outside russia. not sure if u can make up even 2 decent teams wo russians
2022-09-24 15:36
Fear didnt get visa too
2022-09-25 18:33
4 replies
#277
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Ukraine Kellso
I checked all his media , there was nothing about it. Where you got that info from?
2022-09-25 18:52
3 replies
Aunkere stream
2022-09-25 18:52
2 replies
#279
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Ukraine Kellso
sounds fake if he ain't going then benched heroes are missing the tournament
2022-09-25 19:02
1 reply
He said on the stream that Rodion was denied a visa before Aunkere and the whole team was shocked because they thought that only Aunkere would be denied a visa.
2022-09-25 19:05
#7
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Kyrgyzstan roflinka
sad + undeserved
2022-09-23 19:52
is there a realistic chance that a russian pro player can get drafted?
2022-09-23 19:53
27 replies
Not likely, at least not for the ones in tier 1
2022-09-23 19:55
I mean why not? They are normal citizens like the rest
2022-09-23 19:55
7 replies
I dunno but maybe others like electronic etc have a long run visa in other countries. So even if they get draftet just stay away And Germany said they will offer such people Asyl
2022-09-23 20:02
2 replies
#134
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Germany mrzxea_cs
Brother our Government said a lot. At the end they will probably have to sign over 100 documents just to even enter the country.
2022-09-23 21:38
1 reply
asyl isn't banned and never will. They will be treated like Syria people. And actually, if our gov says yes or no doesn't matter when they are on our borders and say "asyl" they come in anyway.
2022-09-24 03:16
#169
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Serbia DjapeZ
Did u asked same question for UA players ? Bcs u know there was mobilisation in Ukraine aswell
2022-09-23 22:53
1 reply
As far as i heard they have no problem finding volunteers. So no one gets drafted forcefully at the moment.
2022-09-23 23:35
Cannot. Currently only those, who've had prior experience in military are getting drafted.
2022-09-23 23:01
1 reply
That's bs. You can find a lot of examples when people get drafted who even didn't see e in military at all. Not even saying that serving is mandaiunless health issues and so most ppl have that 'experience'
2022-09-24 00:30
No cause most of them didn't go to army before
2022-09-23 19:57
11 replies
is serving in the russian army mandatory for all males like in Greece?
2022-09-23 19:58
7 replies
#38
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Finland Hekee
Yes but u can bribe your way out and i guess its kinda common thing
2022-09-23 20:03
6 replies
#60
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Russia acc1piter
health issue more common than bribe cmon, look at typical pro overweight or too skinny eyesight is not good heart diseases, etc
2022-09-23 20:22
5 replies
Nah you can totally bribe a doc to write you false statement and it wont even cost that much.
2022-09-23 20:31
2 replies
My dad did exactly dad in the late 80s to avoid getting drafted. He was good mates with a doctor who made some false statements in the journal.
2022-09-23 20:40
docs had big problems with law back in the days (around 2015) if they draft someone with health issues and he got injured bcos of it. i myself went throu this. is saved my ass from being drafted rn
2022-09-24 15:43
how old are you? have you ever went through the whole draft thing? You can be missing all for limbs and eyes aswell and still be drafted
2022-09-23 20:52
well people still getting drafted in russia with stuff like diabetes and heart diseases so idk
2022-09-23 20:58
#107
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Finland bliplbob
It seems that the mobilisation is for other people as well, like people with no previous fighting experience. Your government just says it’s ”partial”, but in reality anyone can get drafted.
2022-09-23 21:00
It's a mobilization, not a playground Russian mobilization officers won't give a fuck, they just grab whoever to meet a needed quota. They said "oh it's just 300k of previous, experienced people" but will do at least 1mill according to reports
2022-09-23 21:44
Thats not a factor. Reports of people without experience being drafted. Also documents (might be fake) leaked that show the plan is to draft 1 million, not only 300k. Sounds plausible to me.
2022-09-23 23:39
Not if they are well connected, since that is how it works in corrupt countries. youtube.com/watch?v=ht_ozNEc1po
2022-09-23 20:13
3 replies
XD what a loser lmao
2022-09-23 20:22
2 replies
100% it is just what he has learned from his father, as I am sure he is also above the laws of normal people.
2022-09-23 22:13
1 reply
yeah, 100%
2022-09-24 10:39
There is actually a chance glowiing (1win) will get draftted. He completed his military service and young enough to be in 1st category for draft. 1win's biggest problem for leaving rn tbh
2022-09-23 22:22
Yes there is, there's footage of police handing out drafting notices to people just walking down the street and loading them up on buses
2022-09-25 14:59
oof
2022-09-23 19:53
#11
swag | 
Cyprus Porgos
Sad
2022-09-23 19:53
nice
2022-09-23 19:53
#13
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Serbia daki9916
sad sad
2022-09-23 19:54
Sad
2022-09-23 19:54
#15
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Denmark Corza
rip
2022-09-23 19:56
#19
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Australia poppyxox
riiiiiip hope that these teams can get their shit all together, or at least teams like benched heroes who only have 1 russian
2022-09-23 19:56
sadge
2022-09-23 19:56
#27
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Poland Ryunar
Yo i think that would mean illuminar would go to rmr iirc since they won the one decider for replacement team
2022-09-23 19:58
2 replies
#51
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England MikeLCHV
Try reading the whole blog next time
2022-09-23 20:16
Benchedheroes better even without aunkere. Polish cs is so bad now a days:/
2022-09-23 21:20
Sad, i hope they still have time to manage this
2022-09-23 19:59
sad for them
2022-09-23 20:10
That sucks, all it does is lower the standard of play at the RMR and make for a worse experiance for all of us
2022-09-23 20:12
#47
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Poland karov
feelsbadman
2022-09-23 20:12
Can't gaming Malta push through on visas???
2022-09-23 20:12
#53
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Finland Hekee
Soon it ends totally cos finland is shutting down borderline too
2022-09-23 20:17
14 replies
many EU countries give more visas than us
2022-09-23 20:30
13 replies
#121
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Finland Hekee
like who? finland is only way to EU atm for russians
2022-09-23 21:12
12 replies
You know visas granted by Greece/Spain/etc allow them to EU even through the countries that "closed the borders"?
2022-09-23 21:57
2 replies
Currently it is like that. But now they are tightening it even more and blocking entry even if they have valid visas.
2022-09-24 02:39
1 reply
Good, didn't know.
2022-09-24 10:02
Only fully closed closed countries rn or in near future are Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Finland and Czech Republic iirc. Still a big chunk of EU countries available, while for example Hungary even states they will keep giving visas. Realistically this should never be the issue, especially when you organise a MAJOR CYCLE tournament cooperated with entire damned government
2022-09-23 22:26
6 replies
#159
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Finland Hekee
but how u gonna go there if u cant go thro these countries who closed u?
2022-09-23 22:29
5 replies
There are still flights not involving these countries, most of them through Turkey
2022-09-23 22:55
#173
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Serbia DjapeZ
Airplane ?
2022-09-23 22:55
3 replies
#187
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Finland Hekee
2022-09-23 23:39
2 replies
#189
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Serbia DjapeZ
Oh, from my pov, and from what i saw on twitter it really isnt that serious like west medias are reporting. I cant speak instead of Russians, but i think they are first mobilizing reserves and some people who already been to army. And if we see how many people Russia has, that wont be big % of army available people edit: if u think about mobilisation when u say earlier, and if u think about war then i know for a fact that planes are going to Serbia and Turkey at least
2022-09-23 23:43
1 reply
#192
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Finland Hekee
I mean war cos last time they fight against they shot flight 17 down. Turkey will fly their flights even their pöanes are on fire cos they dont care
2022-09-23 23:54
#161
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Russia moscowboy
You mean the only way by land, but how about flying through 3rd parties like Turkey and Serbia
2022-09-23 22:31
1 reply
#183
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Finland Hekee
I tho they closed flights to there because what happened earlier
2022-09-23 23:29
No flamie on LAN :(
2022-09-23 20:18
#55
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Ukraine d3adLY
nice
2022-09-23 20:19
9 replies
such sad news axaxaxa
2022-09-23 22:06
#174
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Serbia DjapeZ
yes very nice huh
2022-09-23 22:56
1 reply
#186
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Ukraine d3adLY
yes, they could just protest
2022-09-23 23:38
Another stupid comment from d3adly
2022-09-24 04:25
3 replies
#248
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Ukraine d3adLY
why?
2022-09-24 12:14
2 replies
I don't but whenever i see a comment from d3adly, i instantly don't pay attention to it. There is another guy who has same flair and flag as you who talks exactly like you, maybe it's your alt
2022-09-26 19:35
1 reply
#282
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Ukraine d3adLY
maybe its my alt, cuz i am one of the most objective hltv users
2022-09-26 20:01
"sad" XDD gl r0ssians flamie 200 inc
2022-09-24 10:46
#270
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Germany LANDWHALE
I agree. If your country plays stupid games, it's citizens win stupid prizes
2022-09-24 18:36
#57
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Russia WiHuu
Sadge mens((
2022-09-23 20:20
Unlucko
2022-09-23 20:20
tuff
2022-09-23 20:31
sadge
2022-09-23 20:34
Sadge
2022-09-23 20:34
sadge
2022-09-23 20:38
#99
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Switzerland Kekzus
Sorry for the individuals, but in the end its the correct thing that happens. They should be excluded since a long time
2022-09-23 20:52
#119
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Denmark JHelms
"suggesting that teams missing more than one player will be forced to withdraw" The rules also state very clearly that teams are allowed to play shorthand (e.g. 4 vs 5) if they cannot field a full squad. That will potentially happen instead of just forfeiting matches/the entire tournament.
2022-09-23 21:09
2 replies
Brooo could you imagine a 4 man squad making it to the major......
2022-09-23 21:23
1 reply
#245
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El Salvador Bredalow
No but would be insane
2022-09-24 11:38
#131
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Latvia laiziolas
Haha smooya sit down
2022-09-23 21:28
#136
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Congo, Democratic Republic of zne_
cloud9 safe?
2022-09-23 21:41
5 replies
yes
2022-09-23 21:49
They are already in Malta
2022-09-24 02:01
3 replies
#252
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Congo, Democratic Republic of zne_
no really?
2022-09-24 12:21
2 replies
then how then they play epl 16
2022-09-24 12:45
1 reply
#256
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Congo, Democratic Republic of zne_
I have no idea bro
2022-09-24 12:52
Visa issues will be the last of their worries. They might be conscripted into the war soon enough.
2022-09-23 21:50
1 reply
#224
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Europe kuu1
Yeah, who cares about video games when they will be used as cannon fodder?
2022-09-24 05:01
Is there a chance that perfecto and electronic will have this trouble?
2022-09-23 21:53
2 replies
#217
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Indonesia Xaphn1x
idk about electronic but perfecto already moved to ukraine a while ago so at least i can confirm he wont have any issues
2022-09-24 03:53
Nope, all navi players live outside of russia already.
2022-09-24 04:14
Good
2022-09-23 22:14
I hate to say it but like Why are y’all surprised
2022-09-23 22:21
Regardless of war and just as professional player, this is kinda sad news for them. Wish their luck.
2022-09-23 22:38
1 reply
+1
2022-09-24 05:50
#176
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Serbia DjapeZ
i.imgur.com/LAKndED.png i really hope everyone else who thinks this way sometimes in the future gets to feel what is like being in this situation
2022-09-23 22:57
3 replies
#257
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Australia VEEPRSN
+1
2022-09-24 13:16
but they are right. If my country would invade anyone i would feel so bad and try to make revolution with other ppl or at least strikes
2022-09-24 15:33
Russia Gov have the police to engage protesters and reportedly imprison their oppositors, and people think isolating them will make the people revolt and magically overthrow putin lol
2022-09-25 00:03
nice
2022-09-23 22:59
What about NaVi?
2022-09-23 23:15
1 reply
not a problem. Navi people are already living outside of russia.
2022-09-24 01:15
#190
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Russia HikZ
sadge
2022-09-23 23:44
damn thats sad :/
2022-09-24 02:49
VP, navi, c9 and spirit allowed kekw
2022-09-24 08:36
1 reply
These teams travel all the time. All players must have long term multi entry visas already.
2022-09-24 12:39
If you ban Monesy, I will never forgive
2022-09-24 09:37
#246
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Slovakia Adwarin
sad, politics should not interfere in sports, and if you want it in sports, then at least everyone should be treated the same, because you treat them like our people and others
2022-09-24 12:00
1 reply
nvm, misunderstood
2022-09-24 15:31
#249
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Sweden extol88
The Russians must be soooo surprised...
2022-09-24 12:19
#253
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Russia selil
Im sure ESL can make an exception this time and let teams find substitutions, because thats really an emergency. Otherwise there will be too many teams to withdraw from the tournament
2022-09-24 12:35
1 reply
that way it would be clown fiesta more often than not. There is no good solution, but i agree that subs are probably only way On one hand i feel bad for the players, on the other hand.... let's not talk politics... but russian people really should stand up against all that in massive way (or left the country while ago, not now...). I completely aunderstand that countries are unwilling to credit visas to russian citizens tho.
2022-09-24 21:02
Very bad situation for all parties involved
2022-09-24 17:51
russophobia must stop
2022-09-24 21:55
you just hate to see another country becoming north korea. fucking degenerate putin takes an entire nation down with him
2022-09-25 13:47
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