A St. Petersburg court has twice refused to consider a police report drawn up against Yuri Shevchuk, the leader of the DDT team. The police accuse one of Russia’s most famous musicians of “discrediting” the Russian army. The independent portal Meduza informed about the case.
The press service of the court – according to Meduza’s Monday publication – announced that the case was referred to Ufa, the capital of Bashkiria, where Shevchuk was to commit the alleged act.
The first report was submitted to the court on May 30, but was returned to the police. The commentators’ attention was then drawn to the fact that v Russiawhere, as a rule, the court conscientiously carries out the commands of the authority, it “dared” to oppose it.
Conversation with a special forces
Yuri Shevchuk, the leader of the legendary group DDT, who in the past did not avoid criticizing the authorities in the Kremlin, during a concert in Ufa on May 18 staunchly spoke out against war in Ukraine. – Now in Ukraine people are killed. Why are our boys dying there? What’s the goal, my friends? The youth of Russia and Ukraine are dying again. Old men, women and children are dying – in the name of some Napoleonic plans for our next Caesar, right? Friends, the motherland is not a shit for a president that has to be drooled and kissed all the time. Motherland – this is a poor grandmother selling potatoes at the train station. This is the homeland! he announced.
The police reacted immediately to the performance and appeared backstage after the concert. The officers in the special forces uniform blocked the door to the dressing room, and inside, the policemen talked for an hour with Shevchuk about the “concert and its overtones”.
Signing the protocol
The policemen initially tried to stop Shevchuk, but eventually gave up and only ordered him to sign a protocol on an administrative offense. The use of the word “war” in the context of the Russian attack on Ukraine is punished in Russia. The authorities use the euphemism “special military operation”.
Yuri Shevchuk, now one of the most popular musicians in Russia, founded the DDT ensemble in 1980. Even then – in the times of the USSR – he had problems with the authorities because of texts critical of it and of the communist system, but the venues where he gave concerts were always tightly filled with audiences. Shevchuk also criticized the war against Georgia in 2008.
The independent website Fontanka reported in July that Shevchuk was on the list of Russian musicians whose performances were deemed undesirable by the authorities. In April, the DDT concert in Tyumen was canceled. Shevchuk suggested then that this was due to their refusal to perform in the hall with the letter “Z”, which became a symbol of support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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