From Dave Sumner, the ARRL CEO, on recent developments in the Crimean peninsula of Ukraine – regarding QSOs with stations in Crimea:
“The DX Awards Committee has concluded that a [Crimean] QSL with a call sign issued by Ukraine and showing the entity name as Ukraine counts as Ukraine, while a [Crimean] QSL with a call sign issued by Russia and showing the entity name as Russia counts as Russia.”
As one member on the Topband reflector stated, “UA6S and UA6K are *pirate* operations and should be rejected by DXCC just as 7O calls issued in Aden and other “licenses” issued by the wrong “authorities” have been routinely rejected.”
In a similar vein, authorities in Mexico City will now issue licenses for ethnic Mexicans living in the US, authorities in Ankara will license ethnic Turks in Germany and ethnic Pakistanis in the UK may receive their licenses from Karachi.
That last paragraph is sarcasm. ;-)
I have to wonder what motivated Sumner to make this decision. It’s as if to say, “Regardless of the stance of the US, UN and the EU regarding Crimea, we the ARRL want to give our tacit approval to the legitimacy of military aggression against a sovereign nation. After all, the letters of the word sovereignty can be rearranged to say Soviet genre.”