When you think Russian rap, what do you think? 'Tri Poloski' by Davay or perhaps, 'Kalinka Remix' by Bass Boosted or perhaps the more mainstream Russian artist Timati who, in 2009, released 'Groove On' with Snoop Dog? Regardless of what you know before this article, I hope you leave with a better understanding of what rappers have to face in Russia and what actions are being taken by the Russian government to actively discourage these artists from creating and counteracting the intensity of their 'Soviet light' propagandist actions. According to The Human Rights Watch, 36 concerts were canceled from October to December of 2018, and the excuse given was diverse in topics...
(get ready, some of them are absurd)
1. Gay propaganda violations
2. Child protection claims
This correlates to the first point, but it more falls in line with the bill's aim at sheltering children from horrific, dangerous, or overtly graphic content of all kinds in efforts to allow them to grasp these forms of expression 'naturally' and with grace. (Keep in mind, they consider 16-18 year old's children on caliber with eight-year-old children)
3. Bomb threats
4. Explicit pressure from officials
The article points out a plethora of moments where officials an hour before, days before, months before, in the moment, suddenly concluded that the concerts are no longer acceptable. In one instance, the musician's lives could have been lost due to non-formal officers being told to take IC3SPEAK, who were moved to a fenced-off enclosure behind the club, "outside the city limits," due to 'safety concerns.'
5. Age Restrictions