Legendary Russian rocker Yuri Shevchuk, the frontman of the band DDT, has been slapped with a misdemeanor cost for railing in opposition to the battle in Ukraine and mockingly calling President Vladimir Putin “Caesar” throughout a current live performance.
The outspoken 65-year-old musician was performing in Ufa, Russia, on Might 18 when he paused the present on the “Ufa-Enviornment” venue and addressed the viewers.
Shevchuk questioned the goals of the battle, quickly getting into its fourth month, and why “Russian and Ukrainian youths are dying,” as seen in cellphone footage that has been making the rounds on social media.
“Aged folks, girls and youngsters are dying for some type of Napoleonic plans of our subsequent Caesar, sure?” he mentioned from the stage, drawing raucous cheers and applause from his followers.
“The motherland, my buddies, is just not the a– of a president that it’s a must to always lick and kiss,” he continued. “The motherland is a poor grandmother promoting potatoes on the practice station. That’s the motherland.”
With out lacking a beat, Shevhuck then launched into DDT’s single titled “Love.”
On the conclusion of the live performance, native cops arrived at Shevchuk’s dressing room, barricaded the door and spent an hour grilling the beloved singer about “his remarks in regards to the battle and motherland,” in response to producer Radmir Usayev.
Usayev claimed that the officers initially needed to detain Shevchuk, however they finally issued him a quotation for “discrediting the armed forces of the Russian federation.”
If convicted of the misdemeanor, Shevchuk might face a superb of as much as 50,000 rubles, which equals $800.
After the battle started on Feb. 24, Russia handed a extra extreme legislation making the unfold of “faux information” in regards to the battle punishable by as much as 15 years in jail.
Radio Free Europe reported that in April, authorities within the Russian metropolis of Tyumen pulled the plug on a deliberate DDT live performance after Shevchuk refused to carry out on a stage adorned with an enormous “Z” — a logo of help for the battle in Ukraine.
With Publish Wires