In Rostov-on-Don, summer concerts of the rock bands “Time Machine”, “DDT” and “Mumiy Troll” have been canceled. The city administration said that the leader of the “Time Machine” Andrey Makarevich can have a “negative influence” on the townspeople. The musicians of these groups spoke out condemning Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Earlier, in the telegram channel of the Governor of the Rostov Region, Vasily Golubev, messages appeared from users demanding that the concerts of “Time Machine” be prevented. Users pointed out that Andrei Makarevich was recognized by the Russian Ministry of Justice as a “foreign agent” and his speech was unacceptable.
The administration of Rostov-on-Don said that it had held talks with the organizers of the concerts. After that, the Rostov Roof Live concert venue announced the cancellation of performances. Ticket sales have been stopped.
The leader of the “Time Machine” Andrei Makarevich was included in the list of foreign agents in November last year. The leader of the DDT group, Yuri Shevchuk, was fined 50,000 rubles in 2022 under an article about discrediting the Russian army. The musician takes a consistently pacifist position and speaks out against any wars. The musicians of “Mumiy Troll” also called for an immediate end to the war.
- After the outbreak of the war, Russia repeatedly canceled or postponed indefinitely concerts by performers who opposed the invasion, and theatrical performances with the participation of actors who declared their anti-war position. Many artists left the country, some were included in the list of foreign agents by the Russian Ministry of Justice.
- On July 7, 2022, the Fontanka publication published a list of Russian musicians whose performances the authorities consider undesirable in Russia due to their anti-war stance. Among them are the groups DDT, Casta, Bi-2, Nogu Svelo, Anacondaz, IC3PEAK, Krovostok, Little Big, singers Zemfira, Monetochka, Grechka, Manizha, Louna, Dora, rappers Oxxxymiron, Face, Morgenstern , Legalize and other performers.
Source: Radio Svoboda