© . FILE PHOTO: A customer uses his phone while shopping at the 5th Avenue Lego store in New York City, US, Sept. 28, 2021. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid By Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen COPENHAGEN () – Toymaker Lego has recommended that its staff in Russia is not attending the protests or getting involved in a public discussion about the war in Ukraine after police detained thousands in anti-war protests across Russia. The advice was given to ensure the safety of its employees, but also highlights the challenge for foreign companies with staff in Russia as tensions between the West and Moscow mount. In an email sent Monday and seen by , Lego advised its 80 employees in Russia “not to discuss sensitive topics about Russia-Ukraine and related topics in public and on social networks or the Internet in general.” . “Do not participate, intentionally or unintentionally, in public protests or even peaceful demonstrations,” the statement read. More than 5,500 people have been detained in Russia in several anti-war protests since the country began an invasion of neighboring Ukraine on Thursday. The recommendation comes even as political leaders, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, have urged Russian citizens to publicly oppose the war to relieve pressure on the country’s leadership. A Lego spokesperson said the email made it clear that these were just guidelines and that it was a personal choice to follow. “We care deeply about our colleagues in Russia, so we’ve shared recommendations from our security team on ways they can protect their personal safety,” the spokesperson said. Lego also said it would donate 110 million Danish kroner ($16.60 million) to emergency relief in the Ukraine conflict in partnership with major shareholder Lego Foundation and the Ole Kirk Foundation, a non-profit organization. ($1 = 6.6276 Danish Kroner) Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data on this website is not necessarily real-time or accurate. All CFDs (Stocks, Indices, Futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and therefore prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price meaning prices are indicative and not suitable for trading purposes . Therefore, Fusion Media does not bear any responsibility for any trading losses that you may incur as a result of using this data. Fusion Media or anyone associated with Fusion Media accepts no liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any information, including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals on this website. Be fully informed about the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest forms of investment possible.