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  • 3 April 2014, 15:40

Miley And Justin Gigs At Risk After US Sanctions

Miley Cyrus and Justin Timberlake's concerts in Finland are at risk of being cancelled because of US sanctions against Russia.

The Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, where both stars are due to perform, is owned by Russian Gennady Timchenko, co-founder of oil trader Gunvor, and brothers Boris and Arkady Rotenberg.

All three were included in a list of visa bans and asset freezes imposed by the US against close allies of President Vladimir Putin last month following Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine.

Concert promoter Live Nation Finland said its lawyers were discussing with US authorities whether the sanctions against the venue's owners would bar planned shows by American artists.

Timberlake has a sold-out concert in May and Cyrus is due to perform there in June.

"We are examining the possibility whether this could have an impact on American artists' shows," said Nina Castren, the chief executive of Live Nation Finland.

"If it does, then we will need to come up with a different solution. But I believe that the problem will be solved and the concerts will be held," she said.

Mr Timchenko and the Rotenbergs bought a stake in Helsinki ice-hockey team Jokerit along with the arena, which is the team's home rink, last year.

Other acts due to perform at the Hartwall Arena include Robbie Williams and Elton John but they will not be affected because they are British acts.

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