Russian players able to participate in IEM Katowice despite Poland entry ban

Russian players' attendance at IEM Katowice remains possible, ESL has confirmed to HLTV.org in a statement.

On September 26, Poland imposed a ban on most Russian citizens entering the country from its external borders amid Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which brought into question the possibility of Russian players attending the 2023 edition of IEM Katowice.

Upon inquiry, HLTV.org has received a comment from ESL regarding the issue. According to the tournament organizer, legally there is nothing preventing Russians from entering Poland and participating in the $1 million tournament kicking off on January 31.

IEM Rio champions Outsiders are invited to IEM Katowice

"As of now, there is no local law indicating that any given team or player cannot enter the premises of Poland and, therefore, not participate in the upcoming tournament in Katowice," ESL's statement reads. "EFG [ESL FACEIT Group] remains compliant with all international laws and sanctions, and we will continue to monitor and reshape our global and local business strategies to reflect that."

While Russian citizens cannot enter Poland through its external European Union borders by land and from outside of the Schengen Area via air and sea, those with valid visas continue to be allowed to enter through other Schengen countries. This for example includes bordering Germany, one of many countries that are part of the bloc and continue to issue visas and allow entry to Russian citizens.

Poland's ban, which came jointly with Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, added to a plethora of sanctions and measures taken by the EU and its members following the start of the invasion of Ukraine, such as a widespread ban on Russian flights and tougher visa application processes for Russian citizens. But while it is severely limited by these measures, travel from Russia to the EU remains possible through third countries, as the bloc remains hesitant on imposing an outright ban as a whole.

Only four teams are currently invited to play at IEM Katowice, including the Russian-majority team Outsiders. Most of the remaining 20 participants will be invited based on their ESL World Ranking standings as of December 19. Several more teams featuring Russian players are expected to be invited, including the likes of Natus Vincere, Cloud9, Spirit, and G2.

#1
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Serbia ckejo
thank god
2022-12-08 00:34
good
2022-12-08 00:34
ok
2022-12-08 00:35
Ok
2022-12-08 00:35
#5
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Brazil _Awper
Very nice
2022-12-08 00:36
good
2022-12-08 00:36
Big W
2022-12-08 00:36
It would also be bad considering all the Russian money ESL take from 1x bet
2022-12-08 00:36
2 replies
+1
2022-12-08 00:39
+1 I hope Poland law is real
2022-12-08 05:36
i can 100% guarantee that at least some players won't get visas
2022-12-08 00:37
1 reply
only the bad ones
2022-12-08 01:17
#14
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China RADNIKEY
Very good
2022-12-08 00:40
W
2022-12-08 00:41
#17
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Poland Roxin
Nice
2022-12-08 00:41
W
2022-12-08 00:41
#19
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Romania garcea89
W
2022-12-08 00:41
1st good news in a month...
2022-12-08 00:42
13 replies
I can not believe that someone from three countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) could write such a comment, usually always negative to anything related to Russia, probably since the 90s
2022-12-08 11:03
11 replies
> I can not believe that someone from three countries (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) could write such a comment me neither. people especially from these countries should know better by now. then again trolls do exist
2022-12-08 12:54
2 replies
#356
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Poland Menaheer
A lot of ruskies in these countries.
2022-12-08 13:02
+1
2022-12-09 07:48
#375
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Estonia f0ntz
Could be latvian russian
2022-12-08 13:21
Guess why
2022-12-08 13:34
Have you forgotten what your country has done to your neighbor?
2022-12-15 14:28
5 replies
It did USSR not Russia man dont type cringe i born in 2000 but some clowns talk me about what did ussr and trying to bully me cuz im russian or trying to make me feel guilty for something I didn't do. I might as well write to you, haven't you forgotten what your country has done to Africans? Go outside and kiss their feet. I really dont care. Young guys from the baltic countries are mad at russians who were born in the 90's or 00's, that's what I'm writing you about
2022-12-15 22:56
4 replies
#838
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Portugal kubZ
this*
2022-12-16 07:16
If you support that leader of yours and express that, you should not and probably cannot be on this site, and pro players who do should not be allowed to compete. We Englanders haven't (at least to my knowledge) started a war with Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland. You started a war with Ukraine. If you deny it, hltv have referred to it as a war, thus that is what it is.
2022-12-16 10:06
2 replies
What are you talking about, what leader, you're telling me about the occupation of the Baltics, I'm telling you that it was in the USSR and what does this have to do with the attitude of the Baltics to the Russians in the 90s and today's case in Ukraine? Or you do not understand what you are writing about
2022-12-18 21:11
1 reply
i cba talking to you, it's 11:55PM and I'm logging off of hltv for the night.
2022-12-19 00:55
NOT GOOD News dude. Sad news. Rus should be banned
2022-12-13 17:36
#21
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Russia 1_vs_9
good news
2022-12-08 00:43
#22
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New Zealand Iuca5
nice, would of been very unethical otherwise
2022-12-08 00:43
6 replies
#692
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Australia notanalt
like the invasion of ukraine?
2022-12-11 07:07
5 replies
thats the fault of their dogshit government not some counter strike players get a grip
2022-12-11 07:58
4 replies
In reality it's the US and natos fault. They were responsible for the 2014 coup and forced Russia into this proxy war. That and Ukraine's puppet president continuing to shell the Donbas nonstop after the minx agreement. Only propagandized westerners think that this was Russia's fault. It was completely justified. Nato is a cancer on the world and should have been disbanded after the cold war.
2022-12-11 17:31
3 replies
why did you type all that to me like I give a shit, im a faceless user on HLTV, go outside and touch grass
2022-12-11 21:18
russian fakeflagger xD
2022-12-14 12:02
lol
2022-12-15 08:28
#23
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France Evalion
Good.
2022-12-08 00:44
That's Poland for you. Stupid laws full of holes just for show.
2022-12-08 00:44
7 replies
#54
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Ukraine lancee
It's not about the laws in Poland but more of a question to other countries that continue issuing visas. Like how can Poland control someone entering from a schengen country when there are literally no physical borders?
2022-12-08 01:12
6 replies
That was known from the start. Pointless law.
2022-12-08 09:00
2 replies
#347
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Ukraine GluckFM
Imo its not entirely pointless though. Resourceful people will always find a way, but dumb poor average Ivans that are one of main sources of the problem (besides Putin of course) due to blindly following propaganda, supporting the war and fighting this war on the battlefield, will feel those sanctions and get punished and driven to start thinking and changing.
2022-12-08 12:54
1 reply
Your average Ivan never goes to Poland. So he really does not care about your restrictions. Or he WOULD not care if kremlin propaganda didn't make use of your restriction laws to further brainwash people. By cancelling russians, you're only giving instruments to Putin. You're making him stronger. He welcomes your restrictions, he consolidates power around the idea that russians are being bullied everywhere and he is the only one to protect them. He wants people to think that all bridges are burnt and that there is only one way left for russia, the one where he is in charge.
2022-12-09 17:45
This is how EU works. The system is pretty good.
2022-12-08 10:11
2 replies
#617
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Ukraine lancee
Everyone will follow Poland and Baltic countries on this eventually, don't worry
2022-12-08 20:27
1 reply
I do not worry at all, as EU is a human-rights-first federation. There will be some restrictions but no blanket ban for all Russians.
2022-12-08 20:59
good
2022-12-08 00:44
W
2022-12-08 00:47
#36
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Poland baba_booey
L country
2022-12-08 00:48
3 replies
RARE POLAND W
2022-12-08 12:43
2 replies
flag
2022-12-08 15:25
Poland will always be a walking L
2022-12-08 17:15
GOOD NEWS, wont be a tier 2 event
2022-12-08 00:49
1 reply
^ this
2022-12-08 12:43
#39
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Ukraine broken_arm
-rep
2022-12-08 00:52
5 replies
+rep
2022-12-08 02:10
#192
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
+rep
2022-12-08 07:23
#277
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China gg21
why ?
2022-12-08 10:44
2 replies
flag check
2022-12-08 11:35
1 reply
#836
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China gg21
Ukrainians, of course, are rude, but not so
2022-12-16 06:16
I think they won't be able to play anyway :P
2022-12-08 00:54
2 replies
Mmmm do i belive the official statement of a billlion international company, or a random user bragging about his p90?
2022-12-08 10:50
1 reply
We shall see
2022-12-08 16:51
Big L
2022-12-08 00:55
shame
2022-12-08 00:58
1 reply
shame - is your poor life
2022-12-14 11:32
#50
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Poland karov
BIG ASS W
2022-12-08 01:05
Based
2022-12-08 01:07
W
2022-12-08 01:22
L
2022-12-08 01:41
#74
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Germany aL1337
BIG L
2022-12-08 01:41
disgusting
2022-12-08 01:45
#81
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Ukraine smakolyk
BAD
2022-12-08 02:00
#87
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North America minte
common ESL W
2022-12-08 02:10
Goooooooooooooooooood news
2022-12-08 02:12
#90
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Russia Glihhh
Ez
2022-12-08 02:13
#93
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Russia RogueDecay
If we could rate places for safety of our citizens that'll 2nd if not 1st unsafe place to visit.
2022-12-08 02:15
6 replies
I can guess 1st
2022-12-08 02:51
#167
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Russia czern0bog
lol man, what? why do you think they are capable of doing something to you? just shout on the internet
2022-12-08 05:28
3 replies
you have to be delusional to think that way, in world of injustice provocations will always take place and in most unexpectable ways.
2022-12-08 06:38
2 replies
irl you would 100% just ignore them and be just fine
2022-12-08 10:42
1 reply
+1
2022-12-08 16:03
lol. no nothing will happen to them in Poland. a lot of Russian people live/visit Poland and nothing happens to them at all. Polish people are civilized.
2022-12-08 15:11
Rare Poland W
2022-12-08 02:16
Huge L
2022-12-08 02:20
Nice
2022-12-08 02:24
#104
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Aruba defoliant
I am torn.
2022-12-08 02:37
Well I'm glad to hear it, but this is surely a massive affront to anyone who chooses to believe in such sanctions as a genuine anti-war measure.
2022-12-08 02:50
1 reply
Well it is not an affront imo, but it's still strict enough to stop drone operators, etc.
2022-12-08 02:57
#159
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Russia HikZ
W
2022-12-08 05:05
tbh its better to close comments sections under such news its too much food for trolls and baiters
2022-12-08 05:17
4 replies
Unexpected W from flag
2022-12-08 07:33
+1 I was wondering when will this forum thread get 404ed but then i realized its a fking news thread
2022-12-08 16:55
Typical Russia to want censorship.
2022-12-16 07:23
1 reply
#852
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Russia bar0v
Lmao true
2022-12-19 01:06
If I was the russian player I would protest by not going to the tourney, thats the best way to say fuck you when you are being discriminated against
2022-12-08 05:46
15 replies
I'd say winning it all is a better way
2022-12-08 06:21
2 replies
+1
2022-12-08 16:58
#847
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Russia mE55ER
+1
2022-12-16 23:43
#253
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Russia NOD777
Players don’t have a choice. They will do what org says
2022-12-08 10:19
flag
2022-12-08 10:41
its just their job mens
2022-12-08 12:47
Agreed
2022-12-08 13:40
If they protest they get arrested by police and thrown in gulag in siberia, if you have ruski passport you cannot move or blink
2022-12-08 16:07
1 reply
#656
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Russia z1tro
hmm no
2022-12-10 01:40
#720
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Europe S0me_dude
Russians will protest against countries, that do not give them visas, but they will not protest against the war kkkkkkkkk
2022-12-13 20:36
5 replies
protesting against authoritarian regime xD delusional europioid
2022-12-15 15:17
4 replies
#804
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Europe S0me_dude
Iran
2022-12-15 15:20
3 replies
and did they succeed?
2022-12-15 15:23
2 replies
#811
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Europe S0me_dude
Partly, morality police is gone but that's not the point, at least Iranians are trying to change something.
2022-12-15 15:30
1 reply
lol I heard about the guy who was hanged publicly for protesting xD So, who's winning?
2022-12-15 16:06
Money solves anything these days
2022-12-08 05:50
#175
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Finland AliSabid
nice
2022-12-08 05:59
the esl money was too good
2022-12-08 06:09
pog
2022-12-08 07:19
#193
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
Big W
2022-12-08 07:24
W
2022-12-08 07:25
all politic show jfc
2022-12-08 07:39
Pog
2022-12-08 07:42
W
2022-12-08 07:54
They should be let in after publicly admitting they don't support war and think it's unfair. Otherwise I'm unhappy I'll see them at the event.
2022-12-08 08:03
W
2022-12-08 08:07
I don`t understand: You as Russian can NOT enter unless you have a visa. And that is different from what? Nothing new there. Since it is also clear that people still get VISA for the EU from e.g. Germany: What is new?
2022-12-08 08:21
2 replies
#235
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Russia ToughGuy
U cant enter straight to poland with visa only via 3rd country
2022-12-08 09:24
1 reply
Ah ok. That still does not make sense. I mean to treat people like this.
2022-12-08 10:29
Good move! Bye bye Russians pathology
2022-12-08 09:09
1 reply
??? did u read article? xdd
2022-12-08 10:41
lets see if polaks are worse than brazil fans
2022-12-08 09:24
Huge L right there
2022-12-08 09:24
3 replies
why? Is that fault of players that Putin hasnt died yet?
2022-12-08 18:27
2 replies
No, not at all. However, you need to understand that the cash prize Russian teams won from the tournament is taxed in Russia. I believe you are familiar with the fact that ehm... what's happening in Ukraine... if funded heavily by taxes from citizens. However the VAT and other taxes you pay are nothing compared to what is gonna be taxed after, lets say, The Outsiders winning Rio.
2022-12-08 19:40
1 reply
No, not at all. However, you need to understand that the cash EU has spent on Russia since the war started in 35 times more than help to Ukraine. I believe you are familiar with the fact that ehm... what's happening in Ukraine... if funded heavily by EU recourse purchases. However the VAT and other taxes you pay are nothing compared to what is gonna be taxed after, lets say, EU keeps financially support russian agression.
2022-12-12 10:23
cringe world everyone should be welcome everywhere theres no difference if u are russian or ukranian grow up
2022-12-08 09:25
#252
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Russia mshkoda
Glad to see this world has not gone fully crazy yet, lesgo
2022-12-08 10:19
1 reply
#634
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Czech Republic MoRt8
If world is going crazy Russia is leading the way...
2022-12-09 07:36
CS:GO is very different from traditional sports where players are supported by the government. At the same time I would personally make Russian players condemn the war publicly if they want to participate in the European tournament. Their silence is cowardly.
2022-12-08 10:24
26 replies
#267
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Russia 1_vs_9
wow and what about their family members or private property in Russia?
2022-12-08 10:39
25 replies
Bro your country is a terrorist state. Expect some consequences and deal with it.
2022-12-08 11:37
3 replies
"bro you were born at a certain land, so expect to put your family at danger to compete at sports you're good at"
2022-12-08 12:44
2 replies
unfortunate
2022-12-08 16:31
im sure his family will be ok its not like russians are going after every family member of such people. That would require hella lot of resources and im sure evil fucks of russia are busy right now with other things.
2022-12-08 17:00
And what about property of Ukrainians in Ukraine? These guys will be fine either way. As for the family, this shows how low Russian regime has sunk if they are going after the families of people who criticise them.
2022-12-08 12:08
20 replies
#341
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Russia 1_vs_9
Russian people don't owe nothing to the world until they are not participating in the war or somehow actively support it. Change my mind. It doesn't change that yes, it's a big tragedy what happens to Ukrainians neither it cancels the fact that I was supporting Ukrainians with money and other donations (of course only when I left the country). But it was solely my decision and I (nor anyone else) can't demand it from the other Russians.
2022-12-08 12:49
17 replies
#366
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Estonia void1337
collective responsibility
2022-12-08 13:12
15 replies
#371
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Russia 1_vs_9
are you a fan of totalitarianism or you are from the ancient times?
2022-12-08 13:16
13 replies
#374
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Estonia void1337
every russian even the liberahas are pro-war, just ask them about ukraine and look in georgia where bunch of animals invaded. they even refuse to sign a letter which condems putin to rent an apartment. i think collective responsibility is fair
2022-12-08 13:19
12 replies
#376
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Russia 1_vs_9
again, this kind of statements can get you into jail, losing your property or bring troubles to your relatives at home. plus, there is no legal framework behind such practices and you can't deny service / purchase based on this - this is purely discrimination based on nationality.
2022-12-08 13:23
10 replies
#379
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Estonia void1337
too bad , im not going to single out russians who are normal. i see the collective and base my opinions on that. your country invaded a neighboring country and is massarcing its citizens and you cry over discrimination, you have no self awareness at all
2022-12-08 13:28
9 replies
#380
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Russia 1_vs_9
this is called racism and I am glad you accepted it
2022-12-08 13:28
8 replies
#384
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Estonia void1337
russian isnt a race and its accepted in Estonia, thanks for this war its going further into west aswell you have no self awareness at all
2022-12-08 13:30
4 replies
#387
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Russia 1_vs_9
who said that Russian is a race? racism is applicable to nations as well go educate yourself upd: have you just said that racism is accepted in Estonia?
2022-12-08 13:32
#394
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Russia 1_vs_9
btw the irony is I am half-baltic half-ukrainian thanks for being racisto based on my passport
2022-12-08 13:33
2 replies
#398
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Estonia void1337
being the descendant of occupants who lived in baltic doesnt make you baltic
2022-12-08 13:34
1 reply
#405
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Russia 1_vs_9
chill you don't know me and I have baltic surname and ancestors
2022-12-08 13:35
this is called nazism but w/e
2022-12-09 19:36
2 replies
#645
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Russia 1_vs_9
nazism is a political ideology but nice try
2022-12-09 19:38
1 reply
you can call it bigotry if you want to
2022-12-09 19:42
#378
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Russia 1_vs_9
by the way, as I have said earlier that I am Russian (even liberal) and I am against the war ("in the deep down" too). You have an L take wake up pls
2022-12-08 13:24
You have to be more specific when you talk about collective responsibility. Russians will ultimately be responsible, i.e. paying post-war reparations and suffer from the economic hardships. At the same time, as a Russian citizen living abroad I refuse to be personally discriminated. In fact, I left Russia even before 2014 when the invasion began, which I condemned immediately.
2022-12-10 23:59
Respect for donating to Ukrainians! I did the same too, but I was already abroad when the war began.
2022-12-10 23:56
#343
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Russia 1_vs_9
Want to add that we, Russians, who left or stayed are also in an imminent tragedy because of Putin's actions
2022-12-08 12:51
1 reply
Yes for sure, though nobody is going to help us and its on us to save ourselves. Of course the main priority right now is for Ukraine to win. I believe from there things will get better for Russia.
2022-12-08 17:14
i believe this means astralis won't be playing katowice? they either needed points from CCT or they needed some of the russian teams to be unable to attend, right?
2022-12-08 10:27
Rare polish w
2022-12-08 10:29
Glad to hear it as this is a competition and, let's be fair, CiS region is on top of it. If they don't attend then competition suffers. People hating on Russian players are just mindless bots, some are paid to do it, most are just propaganda fed tools and a shell of a human being with no opinion of their own. Many countries did a bad thing, if we were to cancel them all for it then no one would be left to compete. Belgium had human zoos. How many countries exploited colonies? France still does it, yet French are allowed? US and it's long list of war crimes and absolute record breaker when it comes to violations and civilian casualties - a proud sponsor of ESL is US Air Force - we drop war crimes to your door step. If less people were this dumb to call this act of letting players play as an L - then we wouldn't have any wars happen, ever. But sadly, it's so easy to manipulate these braindead tools into hate and murder.... you are not so different from Russian soldiers fighting now....
2022-12-08 10:36
4 replies
Rational statement, unfortunately we are all in this world relate to something someone, not everyone is that coolheaded.
2022-12-10 07:43
1 reply
Yeah but it's a rational choice to explain the action of each individual with group mentality. It's sort of a cheat code that less smart and less educated people use to pretend they understand things. Sure, there are A LOT of parallels and similarities in our behaviors and we are all more similar to each other than we want to think, but, cutting corners and saying X should die just because his spawn RNG puts him in the country that's currently being involved in something is the lowest level of thinking. Would you like to be treated like that if your country does something? Would you be able to stop your country from going to war? These kids play video games for a living, they spend AT LEAST 8 hours a day practicing to be on top because if they don't - someone else will. It's just virtue signaling, does not have to be rational.
2022-12-10 11:00
+1 well put
2022-12-11 16:13
#849
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Russia mE55ER
+1
2022-12-16 23:59
#268
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Ukraine HLTV_God
Just ban them from everywhere untill they want to be apart of the normal world
2022-12-08 10:39
12 replies
+1
2022-12-08 13:33
+1
2022-12-08 15:30
#655
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
LULW absolute trash in the head
2022-12-10 01:26
8 replies
#667
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Ukraine HLTV_God
? you dont like the west why join us in western activitys?
2022-12-10 07:53
7 replies
#668
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
Another nonsense Based on what you concluded that I (Russians) do not want to be related to Western culture. Another unfounded nonsense
2022-12-10 08:02
6 replies
#669
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Ukraine HLTV_God
You support a flag thats against the west? ofc you support it. If i was russian i whould burn my flag and find a civiliced place to live
2022-12-10 08:15
5 replies
#678
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
I love my country, not the state. I should not be responsible for the actions of bloody dictators. Is it really not clear?
2022-12-10 16:39
3 replies
#710
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Ukraine HLTV_God
attacking another countery vs acting retarded in your own countery is not on the same level
2022-12-11 22:08
2 replies
"acting retarded" goofy war crimes 😜🤪
2022-12-12 01:16
1 reply
#715
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Ukraine HLTV_God
They are fighting introuders.. and what you did sent in that link did not include warcrimes
2022-12-12 10:22
#721
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Europe S0me_dude
+1
2022-12-13 20:38
“We ShOuLd NoT MaKe a DifFeReNcE”… well maybe we should. All the funds Russians get from the pot are taxed in Russia, and we can all have educated guess where then that tax money go 🤣
2022-12-08 10:41
Public will do the job
2022-12-08 10:45
9 replies
Yep
2022-12-08 13:33
Hope so
2022-12-08 13:40
1 reply
I promise, I'll be there
2022-12-08 15:06
braindead polish fans will hate on the players based on their nationality? nice job
2022-12-08 15:18
1 reply
As Churchill have said once: Poland is a hyena of Europe.
2022-12-08 17:57
B)
2022-12-08 15:31
#649
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Serbia DjapeZ
classy poles as always
2022-12-09 23:19
2 replies
wow, a serbian guys was writing it?
2022-12-10 20:09
1 reply
#718
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Serbia DjapeZ
nice englando
2022-12-13 17:24
Sad to hear that
2022-12-08 10:51
1 reply
Nice to hear polish cs is dead
2022-12-08 13:10
More competition is good, the people that are attending arent the people who started this conflict. its their countries leader. they are here to compete in a sport. not cause chaos.
2022-12-08 11:02
1 reply
You are so unattached to a reality. Watch some interviews atleast.
2022-12-08 13:40
Not all Russians are supporting the war and standing against the war publicly won't do any good for them. It is definitely the right choice
2022-12-08 11:13
#299
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Poland Mcparaca
L af
2022-12-08 11:14
2 replies
lol why ? #296
2022-12-08 11:40
1 reply
Bcz hi is scared russian boys will come and fuk his lovely F0ze
2022-12-08 12:39
well done, stop mixing politics with gaming.
2022-12-08 11:41
1 reply
#722
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Europe S0me_dude
What about ukrainians, who can't play cs due russian missiles targeting electricity? Do you really think it's fair ? lmao
2022-12-13 20:39
#321
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Russia Nikosimus
Been a long time I wrote smth here but.. You all should understand that 'the majority who supports the war' you are all talking about has nothing in common with people who are getting banned (sportsmen etc) This majority = uneducated 40+ yo people living outside of developed regions Moscow+Moscow region+SP has like 30M people at max, less than a quarter of Russia's population Educated people, who are able to think themselves and use the Internet, do not support it all, and all the banned ones are almost certainly among those It's very sad to see you don't understand it and use sweeping generalizations for everyone with Russian flags and passports
2022-12-08 11:58
looking forward to this amazing two-faced crowd, will start shounting "M0NESY M0NESY" and clapping when electronic or perfecto win the clutch, but boo outsisders or cloud9 kkkk
2022-12-08 12:36
10 replies
+10000
2022-12-08 12:49
1 reply
what change does c9 need iyo
2022-12-14 06:33
+1 rare W poland cs trashh
2022-12-08 13:06
1 reply
wdym rare? I speak only fax
2022-12-08 17:22
I doubt, outsiders just won the major, they got more respect because of it. And no one hates cloud9, it's impossible to boo to hobbit
2022-12-08 13:14
1 reply
2022-12-08 17:21
Double standarts at this finest.
2022-12-08 13:16
1 reply
I thought u were get used to this. Discrinminational and biased reports & news have been continously fullfilled in all kinds of medias for long.
2022-12-10 07:50
so true💀
2022-12-08 18:10
+1 cant wait
2022-12-12 01:17
N1
2022-12-08 12:37
Cool
2022-12-08 12:48
Nice
2022-12-08 12:49
#342
fake | 
Finland EffP
Should not allow them
2022-12-08 12:51
3 replies
grow up
2022-12-08 12:53
2 replies
Lol
2022-12-08 12:55
flag
2022-12-08 15:32
Glad to hear
2022-12-08 12:55
#350
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Poland kramer1
This is a fuckin joke. Russians should not be allowed to play in any notable tournament in western europe/world
2022-12-08 12:59
4 replies
so do u want russia to be exiled?
2022-12-08 13:01
1 reply
#723
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Europe S0me_dude
Yep, that's the point
2022-12-13 20:40
+1
2022-12-08 17:43
russian players in top 10 teams: 10 polish players in top 10 teams: 0
2022-12-12 01:19
0/8
2022-12-08 13:01
Rather funny to see how the ones that complain usually have either the polish or Baltic flairs, truly the "western pride" with the very democratic values, known for their acceptance and humanitarian deeds
2022-12-08 13:15
5 replies
How to tell that you havent lived with russians without telling that you havent lived with russians. Finland is full of those fuckers who refuse to learn language, terrorise ukrainians and dont respect our values
2022-12-08 13:37
3 replies
Idk, is me being ethnically Russian counts towards that? Being bullied since the young age in my country (Latvia) as I hold a Russian name and being told to "get back to Russia" even tho I haven't ever been there. In fact, after the 11 years in the uk, English see me as equal, despite being a migrant, unlike latvians where I was born, hold a passport of and know the language of. But yeah, sure, it's always "those barbaric Russians"
2022-12-08 13:42
1 reply
well, transforming from the most rich republics of soviet union to democratic banana-land of the EU while still blaming russians for occupation. what do you expect from these people? not every of them like this and I dont really like ussr, but fact is a fact. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia had their prime while being USSR and not vice versa.
2022-12-19 17:39
Such a liar. I have a friend from Seinajoki, all russians he knows are speaking your mother language and are nice people.
2022-12-08 13:58
maybe because we live the closest to this terrorist state? I don't want to go to war because of some small dicks fuckers from r*ssia.
2022-12-08 15:42
#388
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
Wow, there are normal people among brainwashed by propaganda, now it's a rare thing, especially in countries that serve US interests in foreign policy.
2022-12-08 13:31
6 replies
IT'S OUR POLITICS NOT THE US POLITICS. U can try to be more open minded
2022-12-08 15:25
1 reply
#642
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Russia 1_vs_9
+1
2022-12-09 19:24
Talk to us about how Russia has attacked Ukraine and is plundering, raping and killing. How Russia is destroying Ukraine's electricity and water supplies in an effort to making living in Ukraine unbearable. You should not be on HLTV, instead you should be protesting the war and calling for a revolution to establish a democracy.
2022-12-15 04:54
2 replies
#853
Dosia | 
Russia Rapu
>plundering, raping and killing plundering, raping and killing who? Russian people of Donbass? What a stupid, brainwashed monkey you are. >You should not be on HLTV You won't advise me what I should do, and I won't tell you where you should go. I agree that this war in Ukraine is bad. Many of our citizens, russians and ukrainians, are dying, but citizens of NATO countries should be dying. I hope that one day our government will understand this.
2022-12-19 17:32
1 reply
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_crimes_in_the_.. hrw.org/news/2022/04/21/ukraine-russian-.. I suggest you crawl back under the rock you where hiding. Or better go tell the truth to your countrymen, to many still think there is honor in attacking Ukraine. youtube.com/watch?v=wGeGJF0e1gs youtube.com/watch?v=at9EW_nIDZk
2022-12-19 17:33
agree
2022-12-15 06:08
Goof
2022-12-08 13:32
Bad news
2022-12-08 13:35
2 replies
GOOD NEWS..... NO.... AMAZING NEWS.
2022-12-08 13:44
#654
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
Good news. There is still common sense in this rotten liberal world
2022-12-10 01:25
Great. Russian people should not be otherised for the actions of their government
2022-12-08 13:38
2 replies
#724
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Europe S0me_dude
Majority of them support their government and the war.
2022-12-13 20:43
1 reply
Majority of them do not support
2022-12-15 08:42
#431
SpawN | 
Norway hemy
Just shows the love for the game. Truly champs of Poland to not let the political ways take a toll for the game we all cherish.
2022-12-08 13:49
Finally some good sense
2022-12-08 14:13
We share one thing in common love this game. please make politics out of our server thank you
2022-12-08 14:30
What does a CS player have to do with all that bullshit? doesn't make any sense you ban all people just cause they are Russians? sounds more like hate and being Russophobic they shouldn't mix politics with sports or whatever in first place and Poland should grow tbh I mean their government not Polish people because they are acting lately as Ukrainians more than the real Ukrainians themselves which is a shame because you already have a nationality and that doesn't mean you shouldn't sympathize with them, but to be more royal than the king himself? give yourself a break.
2022-12-08 15:07
#475
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
EZZZZZ RUSSSIAAAA
2022-12-08 15:14
#480
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France DRAKII1
they shouldnt be allowed. i know its not their war etc, but maybe if we put the russian people in total self-sufficiency like north korea they will revolt against the mad man. we i see the russian trolls in comments, i really dont and will never understand russian people
2022-12-08 15:21
12 replies
+1 smartest french man
2022-12-08 15:27
has the north-korea revolted tho? funny how you use one very unfortunate example
2022-12-08 16:29
1 reply
#543
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France DRAKII1
read again and try to understand what i said. clues: "maybe if" "they will"
2022-12-08 16:36
Would you test it on your own, if your president make bad desicions?
2022-12-10 13:28
7 replies
#687
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France DRAKII1
we do
2022-12-11 03:44
That is what people do. Try it.
2022-12-15 04:50
5 replies
You never tried tho
2022-12-15 13:09
4 replies
Sure did - and it works. As it does in democracies, if enough people raise their voice on an issue the politicians listen. I get that getting changes in Russia is damn hard and that by now one can't even use the word for War without getting in trouble, but there is no alternative. Things in Russia will only get worse, not only is your country now universally hated like the Nazi your dictator will only keep making things worse - there has never been a dictator that allowed more freedom it only ever goes the wrong way.
2022-12-15 14:18
3 replies
Few thousands unarmed peoples on street of 13+ mil. peoples Moscow against few hundreds of armed police is nothing
2022-12-15 15:04
2 replies
Start organizing. Surely you know there has been a revolution in Russia before, that can be done again.
2022-12-15 15:06
1 reply
I'm not that one of "unarmed peoples", but i prefer to leave tbh)) Maybe i will change my mind if something big coming out until i leave.
2022-12-15 15:08
+1
2022-12-15 04:47
whole eu has banned russian citizens, they cant enter anywhere afaik
2022-12-08 15:41
8 replies
#548
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France DRAKII1
not really.. sadly. only poland, estonia, lituania and latvia totally banned them. finland cut off 90% of russian visa in his country. spain refused any things regarding commercials and marketing from russia. france banned all and any planes coming from russia (but russians can travel from another country) romania accept only short visa (90days) denmark and sweden want to apply the same decision as finland but didnt do it yet germany, hungary, portugal and greece dont want to block visa to russians. i dont know about other
2022-12-08 16:45
7 replies
Sweden has 90days too. Spain is a no go. they where some russian here that came by car. But they where harrased by the people so they left. Spain doesnt like RUS.
2022-12-08 17:01
1 reply
#637
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France DRAKII1
no one like russians
2022-12-09 14:13
#641
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Russia 1_vs_9
why are you sad?
2022-12-09 19:21
4 replies
#657
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France DRAKII1
cause internet is enough full of shit to not bring trollers about war. if you are happy about it, please yourself, drop your computer away and go fight
2022-12-10 01:41
3 replies
#679
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Russia 1_vs_9
How exactly banning all Russians from EU will help to save you from trolls on the internet?
2022-12-10 16:42
2 replies
#688
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France DRAKII1
turn your brain on instead of follow by fear a mad man?
2022-12-11 03:45
1 reply
#689
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Russia 1_vs_9
idk what you are talking about and btw, you didn't answer the question?
2022-12-11 04:53
Fantastic news for Russian teams. :)
2022-12-08 16:20
navi suppose to be issue with them
2022-12-08 16:38
no politics in csgo pls
2022-12-08 17:57
Great news
2022-12-08 18:10
called it
2022-12-08 18:42
#603
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Slovakia Adwarin
hopefully it will only change for the better without any limitations
2022-12-08 18:47
common Poland L
2022-12-08 19:50
SHAME!
2022-12-08 20:23
Poland taking L after L
2022-12-08 21:50
big L
2022-12-08 21:53
it is not at all certain that they will participate
2022-12-08 22:04
Racist law
2022-12-09 00:59
Few years and very same ppl will be visiting Poland with real guns this time.
2022-12-09 01:05
#638
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United States vox_3
Massive L
2022-12-09 15:54
only losers ban people, why nobody banned USA when they bombed half the world already? Ah right, EU puppets...
2022-12-09 19:37
9 replies
#653
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
true
2022-12-10 01:23
That the US wasn't banned is no reason not to do it now. Two wrongs doesn't make a right.
2022-12-15 04:39
7 replies
Why start now?
2022-12-15 18:14
6 replies
Are you serious? Do you actually suggest letting Russia commit their crimes and pretending everything is fine?
2022-12-15 18:50
5 replies
USA commited more crimes than anyone else for the past 50 years, you don't seem to mind since they told you that everything is fine?
2022-12-15 19:07
4 replies
See those '?' in #828. Those are called question marks, it is polite to respond to those in some way and not just ignore them. So why don't you give it another go. Do you actually suggest letting Russia commit their crimes and pretending everything is fine?
2022-12-15 19:53
3 replies
You don't get to decide shit
2022-12-15 20:10
2 replies
To late - it is clear what you're thinking since you keep not answering.
2022-12-15 20:14
1 reply
I think you're a hypocrite and it's too late for you
2022-12-15 20:14
#650
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Ukraine d3adLY
sad btw
2022-12-09 23:25
7 replies
#652
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
big victory for common sense fair and honest
2022-12-10 01:22
6 replies
#658
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France DRAKII1
the only ones happy here are russians, no one else.
2022-12-10 01:43
4 replies
#660
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
Why? It seems to me that all adequate cs fans are happy to see strong players at the tournament.
2022-12-10 01:49
3 replies
They should stay home and protest the war, not come and earn money which will inevitable be supporting the war.
2022-12-15 04:46
2 replies
#744
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
I'm completely delusional. Europe continues to buy Russian gas and other resources. USA constantly buys fertilizers, platinum and palladium from Russia. What do you say to that?
2022-12-15 08:24
1 reply
That is sucks, we should not be doing that. However it is not our leaders that is waging war on Ukraine, my country has not become the most hated since the Nazi and my future isn't going down the drain.
2022-12-15 14:09
No - since their earnings will help support the Russian economy it means they will be supporting the war. It means they will be supporting the raping, the plundering, the torture, the killing and so on - all the crimes that Russia is committing in Ukraine.
2022-12-15 04:38
#661
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Russia ZzzonkeDD
Thank you for ESL lobbying common sense into our esports. Esports should be outside politics. Decide who is stronger in the game. Enough of this shit. Politics only divides people, not brings them closer. I hope it will be a great tournament. Have a nice viewing, be kind.
2022-12-10 01:52
8 replies
I aren’t think so if real sport does it esports should too it in theyr sleep
2022-12-10 17:02
Do Russians pay taxes? I bet you guys do - this then means their winnings at the tournament will support the raping, the killing, the torture and all the other crimes Russia is committing in Ukraine as well as the war as such.
2022-12-15 04:35
6 replies
Keep watching your propaganda
2022-12-15 05:40
5 replies
Are you for real saying the RUssians are okay to attack Ukraine and that the many thousands of deaths they've inflicted and millions of people they've turned into refugees is not a real?
2022-12-15 14:05
4 replies
the reason is deeper than you think. Donbass has suffered all these years from the shelling of Ukraine. Ukrainians rejoiced at the deaths
2022-12-16 07:00
3 replies
Pretty sure the Ukranians will say the same about Russia and Donbass, not to mention what must have been going on in Crimea. Both areas are Ukraine, that Russia thinks differently gives them zero right to occupy the territories and worse.
2022-12-16 12:36
2 replies
People have the right to decide who they want to be with. Where were you when the US bombed Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen? Oh, yes, they didn't talk about it on TV. There were also no reports about this tragedy. Clown
2022-12-16 14:34
1 reply
Explain how in any way what the US has done makes it okay what Russia is doing. Stop trying to change the conversation, this thread is about Russia and their attack on Ukraine. Just today Russia send 60 missiles at Ukraine to destroy its infrastructure, because of Russian attacks there is now millions in Ukraine without electricity in the midst of winter, but you want to ignore that and talk about the past. You're an asshole.
2022-12-16 15:56
#691
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Australia notanalt
L comp
2022-12-11 07:07
#703
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Sweden greger001
are swedish players allowed to enter too?
2022-12-11 16:01
BIG L ESL
2022-12-11 23:07
Good, those players did literally nothing to deserve being banned in the first place
2022-12-13 07:10
11 replies
That is literally* wrong. I bet they pay taxes in Russia which means they are supporting Russia's war on Ukraine ie. their money are supporting the killing, the raping, the torture and all the other crimes the Russians are committing - and the money they win at the tournament will also be supporting the war. Do you still think it is a good thing they get to play? *Also, the word "literally" is used wrongly so often it has just about lost all meaning.
2022-12-15 04:33
10 replies
ppl were paying taxes before war aswell should they ask volodimir to give them back these taxes so it wont support war? lol
2022-12-15 08:38
9 replies
No they should protest and get Putin removed, them doing nothing is being sheep and all they achieve is their country becomes more and more like North Korea. Dictators don't ever become less evil, they keep getting worse and worse and in this case it it not only about their own freedom but about Ukraine as well.
2022-12-15 14:13
8 replies
Dude you either brainwashed or Just a kid trying to be into politics Go to NK and protest for once and then rethink what you typing ahaha
2022-12-15 14:27
7 replies
It seems you weren't able to understand what I wrote, so let me help. Russia is becoming NK, if the people in Russia doesn't stop happening their somewhat free country is gonna become hell on Earth aka. North Korea. But if you disagree feel free to explain how I am wrong, like for example give an example of a totalitarian regime that on its own turned into a democracy.
2022-12-15 14:31
6 replies
You wrong thinking that protests will change anything
2022-12-15 14:34
4 replies
Not protesting 100% won't change anything, but protesting will if enough people do. And there is no alternative for the people in Russia, if they don't stop Putin things will just get worse and worse - that is how it works in totalitarian regimes.
2022-12-15 14:56
3 replies
Quick example Alexei Navalny and Sergei Furgal Those protests didnt change anything but lives of ppl were protesting Also you gotta read some articles bout Sergei Guriev, Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Boris Nemtsov in case you think protests are easy.
2022-12-15 15:07
2 replies
Of course it is not easy, if it was then people would have done so a long time ago. But what is the alternative, doing nothing only means things gets increasingly bad.
2022-12-15 15:11
1 reply
The point is ppl protesting a lot but ppl like you act like all Russians sitting peacefull in their houses and doing nothing Even tho i gave some examples of protests that did nothing but you still say :" ayo Russians Go protest" It doesnt make any sense
2022-12-15 15:16
Also Russia never been free since Putin
2022-12-15 14:39
#728
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Ukraine deodorua
definitely L. i've got a ticket for the quarter finals, i hope i won't see them
2022-12-14 21:18
L
2022-12-19 17:27
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