The connection is convoluted and tied to the owners of the venue where she’s slated to play.
Helsinki’s Hartwall arena is owned by Gennady Timchenko and brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, according to the BBC.
All three have been targeted by US economic sanctions over Russia’s annexation of Crimea because they are Russian bigwigs with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Cyrus is schedule to hit Helsinki for a concert at Hartwall in June. Justin Timberlake could also become a pawn. He’s scheduled to play there in May.
Over the summer the venue will also host UK singers Robbie Williams, Peter Gabriel and Elton John and US rock band Aerosmith, the British broadcaster reported.
Timchenko and the Rotenbergs are multi-billionaire businessmen in Russia with holdings in oil and banking. The Rotenbergs are Putin’s childhood friends.
They own an events management company called Arena Events Oy, which bought Hartwall Arena last year. Boris Rotenberg’s son, Roman Rotenberg, manages the company.
The US sanctions prevent American citizens or businesses from providing “economic resources” to any of the 27 members of the Russian elite who make up a list of Putin’s close allies.
By cancelling the concerts, the acts are giving up hundreds of thousands of dollars in gross proceeds and possibly more.