We are appealing to the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, Formula One Group, GP2 Motorsport Limited, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Organisation, participants of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, GP2 Series, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, media broadcasters, sponsors as well as fans and other members of motorsport community from all over the world to refrain from supporting and taking part in any international motorsport activity that is organized either alone or jointly with the third party by Russian Federation on its territory.
Since Ukrainian Government declared the policy aimed at political and economic integration to European Union official bodies of Russian Federation has been deploying political, economic and other measures aimed at destabilizing Ukrainian economy and society. This ended up as a military intervention of Russian army in Ukraine.
During a well-planned military operation with the armed seizure, which began in February 2014 Russia occupied a part of the Ukrainian territory – the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The so-called “referendum” on Crimea’s joining the Russian Federation was organized with severe violations of current Ukrainian legislation and was conducted under the pins of guns.
In the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine sabotage groups sent by Russia and criminals it financially supports tried to destabilize situation, terrorize peaceful population and destroy infrastructure. Since June 20 Russianarmored vehicles have started to cross the Ukraine-Russian border on constant basis. A number of evidential facts, i.e. supply of arms and mercenaries to the Ukrainian territory, militants’ positioning near the Russian border, regular “consultations” of terrorist leaders in Moscow, their attempts to retreat to Russian territory, transfers of the captured Ukrainian military men to Russia prove that Russia continue an undeclared, so-called “hybrid war” against Ukraine.
The unwillingness of Russian Federation to stop the transfer of mercenaries and military equipment to Ukraine has led to hundreds of deaths among Ukrainian civilians in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, destruction of infrastructure and vital service systems of entire cities.
On the 17th of July a Malaysia Airlines plane MH17 carrying 298 passengers and 15 crew members for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam crashed in the battle-torn east Ukraine region of Donetsk killing everyone who was on board. There is clear evidence presented by Security service of Ukraine as well as U.S. intelligence agencies that it was hit by missile launched either by the Russian military or by pro-Russia separatist rebels. Moreover there have been other shameless attacks on Ukrainian military and civil aircrafts by the Russian terrorists on the territory of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Reports of the UN and OSCE monitoring missions on human rights and national minorities confirm systematic, planned and comprehensive violations of human and civil rights, especially on the national or religious grounds in the occupied Crimea and on the territories that are controlled by Russia-backed terrorists in the east Ukraine. According to the Article 1 of FIA Statute, The FIA shall refrain from manifesting racial, political or religious discrimination in the course of its activities and from taking any action in this respect. However, the authorities of the Russian Federation use Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix as an international tribune to polish their image of supporters of international terrorism as well as it did during Sochi 2014 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
In these circumstances and in consonance with the Preamble of FIA Code of ethics FIA has an ethical and moral responsibility to safeguard the integrity and reputation of motor sport worldwide and to protect the image of motor sport and automobile mobility and tourism, and especially that of FIA, from jeopardy or harm as a result of immoral and unethical methods and practices that are used by Russian Federation. In this spirit FIA should cancel the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix and other motorsport events under its patronage in the Russian Federation. Moreover, we strongly call on the participants of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, GP2 Series, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup including drivers, constructors and sponsors, as well as broadcasters and visitors to refrain from visiting and taking part in race weekends that will be hosted by international aggressor.