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Russia: Prosecutor asked to declare “extremist” song by popular Russian rapper


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Moscow is also dealing with… rap music now. This is the extremely popular in Russia, Oxxxymiron who had publicly opposed the war in Ukraine

Moscow prosecutor asked court to declare as ‘extremist’ song by Russian rapper Oxxxymironone of Russia’s most popular musicians, who has publicly condemned the military intervention in Ukraine, Russian news agencies report.

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Citing the representative of the Moscow prosecutor’s office, the Interfax news agency reported that investigators found that in one of Oxxxymiron’s songs, “acts of violence and the ideology of violence are legalized.”

According to Russian legislation, the material that labeled “extremist” it is essentially forbidden.

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A source of the Ria Novosti agency cited by Novaya Gazeta.Europe clarified that it is about the song “The Last Bell” and the related video clip. Oxxxymiron does not have such a video clip, while on the Internet one can find an amateur video clip with footage from the Estonian film “Klass” (school class) about school shootings. This video clip has been “dressed” with the rapper’s music.

The unofficial music video for the song “The Last Bell” in October 2018 blocked on YouTube and VKontaktefollowing a request from Russia’s telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor that cited “propaganda of violence.”

This amateur video dressed up with the rapper’s song was protested by activist Yevgenia Chudnovets, who believed that the lyrics of the song “The Last Bell” and the video clip provoked the attack on Kerchensky College in 2018. Then the 18-year-old student College student Vladislav Roslyakov went to class with improvised explosive devices and a shotgun, killing 21 people and injuring more than 40 before killing himself.

Popular Russian rapper Oxxxymiron wrote the song “The Last Bell” in 2009.

Rapper Oxxxymiron, whose real name is Miron Fyodorov, is one of the most popular rappers of the decade, who became known for the political content of his lyrics, which are often directed against the Kremlin and its policies.

Almost immediately after Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, he canceled a planned tour inside Russia, saying, “I can’t have fun when Russia’s missiles are landing in Ukraine.”

He then left Russia, giving a series of concerts in Istanbul, London and Berlin, entitled “Russians against the war”, with the proceeds going to the Ukrainian refugees.

Russian rappers are under the Kremlin’s scrutiny. In April, Ivan Dryomin, who goes by the stage name Face, was declared a ‘foreign agent’ after he publicly declared his opposition to the war in Ukraine.


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