Aurora, K23 and 1WIN experience problems obtaining visas to attend RMR event
Aurora, K23 and 1WIN have encountered issues with obtaining visas for Russian players ahead of the European RMR event, representatives of the three above-mentioned teams told Dust2.dk.
Analyst and manager of Aurora Evgeny "bullet" Batkin said that the situation remains difficult, since, including him and the coach, now only four of the seven people who plan to fly to Malta have visas. "It's like sitting on a barrel of dynamite and smoking a cigarette," bullet described the situation.
Without revealing any details, K23 confirmed that they have run into visa issues. The Kazakhstani organization has a roster that includes five Russian esports athletes.
Representatives of 1WIN told journalists that now only Igor "lollipop21k" Solodkov and Egor "flamie" Vasilyev are eligible to visit the Schengen countries. Besides this duet, the team features three flamie's compatriots in Aleksandr "TRAVIS" Timkiv, Denis "deko" Zhukov and Aleksandr "glowiing" Matsievich.
In early September, the European Union complicated the rules for the entry of Russian citizens into the Schengen countries. Among other things, consulates have been able to lower priority for issuing tourist visas, extend the application processing time from 15 to 45 days, and require additional documentation.
The Europe RMR will take place on October 4-9 in Malta. The participants' list contains 33 Russians, including six teams where the lineup's core consists of players from Russia.