All Russian CS:GO Players Removed From NAVI Junior And NAVI Youth


NAVI Removes All Russian CS:GO Players From NAVI Junior and NAVI Youth

The Ukrainian organization has made changes to multiple CS:GO lineups.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Ukrainian esports organization NAVI has removed all Russian CS:GO players from its academy roster (NAVI Junior) and development program (NAVI Youth).
This is in line with the statement given by NAVI CEO Yevhen Zolotarov that they are not going to work with anyone who lives in Russia and pays taxes to its government.
NAVI Junior coach ami had explained that every player was offered relocation to another country for them to continue playing. However, due to the young age of the academy players this was a big problem.

One of the biggest esports organizations in the world, Natus Vincere (NAVI) has been vocal about supporting its home country Ukraine in the ongoing conflict with Russia. Though its operations were initially affected, following a short downtime NAVI has resumed its work once again.

Recently, Yevhen Zolotarov - CEO of NAVI made the following statement in regards to the future of the organization, "We (NAVI) are not going to work with people who live in Russia and who pay taxes to the Russian Federation".

This was followed by NAVI's star player Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev commenting on the future of the main CS:GO roster, "I think there will not be (any roster changes). I guess it will be okay, I hope it will be okay".

More information has now surfaced via the latest NAVI Junior interview where the host Yana Dichenko reveals that "All Russian players have been removed from the NAVI Junior and NAVI Youth".

All Russian CS:GO players from NAVI Junior and NAVI Youth have been removed by the Ukrainian organization

NAVI has taken a firm stance internally following Russia's invasion, with its CEO stating that they will not be working with anyone who lives in Russia and pays taxes to the Russian government.

Following up on this, the Ukranian organization has let go of all the Russian players that were a part of its academy team (NAVI Junior) and CS:GO development program for young upcoming talent (NAVI Youth).

NAVI Junior and NAVI Youth - Remove Russian CS:GO Players

Information about this change was initially announced by Yana Diachenko while hosting an interview with some NAVI Junior players, followed by an official statement by the organization as they bid farewell to the following CS:GO players from Russia,

  • Vladislav "latt1kk" Vydrin - NAVI Junior

  • Dmitry "fe2nk" Gladskikh - NAVI Junior

  • Vladislav "xiELO-" Lysov - NAVI Youth

In order to resume practice and continue competing so that other players on the respective teams are not affected, Rodion "fear" Smyk has returned to the NAVI Junior lineup while Artem "kensizor" Kapran has been selected to complete the NAVI Youth roster.

Commenting on these changes, NAVI Junior's coach Amiran "ami" Rekhviashvili has gone on to state that "Our doors have always been open to talented young players from our region, regardless of nationality, or political views. For me, only gaming skills and human qualities have always been of substance. There has been a belief that esports stays out of politics - yes, it does, but esports cannot stay out of war".

He further said that every player was offered relocation to another country in order for them to continue playing under NAVI. However, due to the young age of the academy players this was a big problem, so for now NAVI will focus on working with only Ukrainian players.

The current NAVI Junior team is as follows,

  • Rodion "fear" Smyk

  • Daniil "headtr1ck" Valitov

  • Andrey "nipl" Kukharsk

  • Mark "UNBR0KEN" Warakuta

The current NAVI Youth team is as follows,

  • Dmitry "dem0N" Miroshnichenko

  • Adam "froz1k" Nagorny

  • Artyom "kensizor" Kapran

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.

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