No Russian film will be nominated for the Oscars this year, the Russian Film Academy announced Monday evening, at a time when the United States and Russia are going through one of the worst crises in their history with the conflict in Ukraine. In a statement, the Academy said it had decided not to select and send Russian films to apply for the 2023 Oscar for best international film. The head of the committee responsible for sending Russian feature films to the Oscars, Pavel Chukhrai , denounced Tuesday morning a decision taken “behind his back” and announced his resignation. Earlier, on Monday, the director Nikita Mikhalkov, big pundit of Russian cinema and ardent supporter of President Vladimir Putin’s regime, had deemed it unnecessary for Russia to participate in the Oscars. Alice Diop’s film Saint Omer, already twice rewarded in Venice , will represent France at the Oscars“It seems to me that choosing a film that will represent Russia in a country, which, in reality, currently denies the existence of Russia, simply does not make sense”, he said. told the state news agency TASS. Mr Mikhalkov recalled that he had offered to create a “Eurasian” equivalent to the American cinema Oscars and that his project was being worked on. From a dynasty of famous artists in Russia, Nikita Mikhalkov, 76 , himself received the Oscar for best foreign language film in 1995 for his feature Sun deceptive on the Stalinist dictatorship.