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Netherlands: Amsterdam citizens protest as Dutch ballet hires Russian dancer02:31

Netherlands: Amsterdam citizens protest as Dutch ballet hires Russian dancer

Netherlands, Amsterdam
April 17, 2022 at 13:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Dozens of demonstrators protested against the Dutch National Ballet hiring Russian ballerina Olga Smirnova, in Amsterdam on Saturday.

Smirnova was a dancer in the famous Moscow Bolshoi Ballet who moved to the Netherlands and joined the Dutch National Ballet after criticizing the war in Ukraine.

"It seems like a nice gesture, but it also seems like Russians celebrities, Russian famous dancers, they use this war as a social and economic elevator for themselves," the protester Kateryna Gabak argued.

The protest took place just before Smirnova’s debut in Amsterdam.

Netherlands: Amsterdam citizens protest as Dutch ballet hires Russian dancer02:31
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Dozens of demonstrators protested against the Dutch National Ballet hiring Russian ballerina Olga Smirnova, in Amsterdam on Saturday.

Smirnova was a dancer in the famous Moscow Bolshoi Ballet who moved to the Netherlands and joined the Dutch National Ballet after criticizing the war in Ukraine.

"It seems like a nice gesture, but it also seems like Russians celebrities, Russian famous dancers, they use this war as a social and economic elevator for themselves," the protester Kateryna Gabak argued.

The protest took place just before Smirnova’s debut in Amsterdam.