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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Rock festival near St. Petersburg banned after a denunciation of the anti-Putin songs

Rock festival “W. I. L. O., which was to be held last weekend near St. Petersburg, in the village of Siversky, was banned by local authorities, said the organizers of the “Novaya Gazeta”.

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According to them, the decision of the heads of administrations of settlements and Gatchina district was affected by the denunciation written by a certain “Larissa To-howl” (this signature was on the document).

“I’m sorry for the trouble,” she informed the authorities that “horrified” from structure of participants of the festival: “Michael Nohavicky, the speaker 29 July at 21.00 – the representative of the opposition (fifth column), the songs that he sings is just disgusting (insult of President Vladimir Putin – one of the most common), supports the current government in Ukraine and considers Russia an aggressor”.

Also the author of the anonymous letters complained of the “vulgarity” of other songs and said that the festival will offend the “true patriots” living in the village.

Note that the musician Mikhail Novitsky (not Nohavicky) is known as the author of the song “Putin hello!”, became popular after his performance in the Champ de Mars in St. Petersburg. The organizers stressed that 95% of his work have nothing to do with politics, but at the festival he was supposed to present a musical play “Our Vysotsky”.

However, according to the organizers, in the end, they were accused of extremism, but they have not yet received any documents, and refer to oral statements by representatives of the administration.

Let us add that the festival was intended to create a free rehearsal venue for young musicians and also music event taking place in the region is not the first year, were regularly invited veterans.

“W. I. L. O. was not the first festival, banned in Russia for the last time. The most notorious was the failure of the Outline festival in Moscow on 2 and 3 July, ostensibly because of late filing. Following this, in Central Russia, was banned a number of musical events of this kind.

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