State Duma member demands that Lapis were forbidden in Russia
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The parliament member got offended by the words about “imperial imbeciles”.
A member of the State Duma Roman Khudyakov (LDPR) sent an appeal to Russia’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Chayka asking to check the statements by the lead singer of the Belarusian band Lapis Trubetskoy at the concert, which, according to him, took place in Izhevsk. The parliament member did not like Siarhiej Mikhalok’s words “Glory to Ukraine!” and a statement on “imperial imbeciles”, Izvestia reports.
According to the PM, “this band should be banned from making appearances on stage” in Russia. Careful, explicit content
“We <> are asking to punish him by the law’s full rigor. This is fault language in a public place in the least. The prosecutor’s office should find out his citizenship, maybe he will become a persona non-grata in Russia”, - the newspaper quotes the words from the deputy’s appeal to the Prosecutor General’s office.
The parliament member points out that the band’s leader Siarhiej Mikhalok is a citizen of Belarus, and in Moscow he is allegedly “hiding from a prosecutor’s investigation that Belarus Prosecutor General’s office is carrying out in his regard”. In Khudyakov’s appeal it is also emphasized that the singer “repeatedly stated his support to the Maidan”.
According to the newspaper, the band’s press attaché Aliaksandr Berhier claimed after the concert that he did not see the grounds for taking Mikhalok’s statements for insults. “On behalf of the Lapis Trubetskoy band I want to apologize to imbeciles as well as the relatives and close ones of the people, who live with this serious illness. We did not want to offend them”, - the newspaper quotes him.
However, the band’s producer Jauhien Kalmykou in a conversation with the newspaper disproved the information that the incident took place in Russia. “We cannot understand what is happening, because it was not in Izhevsk. This is not from Izhevsk. This is from Germany, where fascists did Nazi salutes and showed inappropriate gestures”, - he said.
In mid-March it came out that Mikhalok announced the dismissal of the band Lapis Trubetskoy on 1 September. Earlier communists in Pskov region urged to cancel the concert in Pskov because during the performances in the Euromaidan Mikhalok “supported the coup in Ukraine”. In the end the concert got cancelled. Another band’s concert was cancelled in March in Tyumen.
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