The director of the Russian Film Academy, Pavel Chukhray, resigned by letter, this Tuesday, after verifying that an “illegal measure was taken behind his back” with the non-nomination of any film in the country for the Oscars.
“The Russian Film Academy has decided not to nominate any film for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Oscars in 2022,” reads the statement published by the British newspaper The Guardian.
The director of the Russian Academy of Cinema presented the resignation, this Tuesday, for considering that he was betrayed by the organization.
“The leadership of the academy has unilaterally decided not to nominate a Russian film for the Oscars,” wrote Pavel Chukhray, explaining that an “illegal action was taken behind his back” in a letter published by Russian state news agency Tass.
This is yet another measure that can reinforce the cultural isolation between Russia and the Western world that has been growing as a result of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict that is still ongoing.
It is also the first time that Russia has not submitted an Oscar entry since the end of the USSR.