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Russian jazz musician condemns Bloodhound Gang’s escapade in Odessa

August 04, 2013, 19:05 UTC+3
"I think it was a disgraceful thing," said Butman
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Photo ITAR-TASS / Maxim Shemetov

Photo ITAR-TASS / Maxim Shemetov

MOSCOW, August 4 (Itar-Tass) - Each performer must show respect for the country where he or she performs, world-acclaimed Russian jazz musician Igor Butman said on Sunday, commenting on the scandalous incident in Odessa when bass guitarist of the American punk group Bloodhound Gang Evil Jared Hasselhoff had desecrated the Russian national flag.

“I think it was a disgraceful thing,” said Butman, who is a member of the Supreme Council of Russia’s ruling party United Russia and the coordinator of the Culture and Time project. “No one has the right to behave like that, to desecrate state symbols, to do such things with symbols of other countries. These are inadmissible things.”

“It is inadmissible for a performer,” even if it “was driven by a creative urge,” he stressed. “They came to other country to perform there and to earn money. It is highly unlikely they could have afforded such things in their homeland. I think they should be given a bang for that.”

Meanwhile, the chairperson of the security committee of the Russian State Duma lower parliament house, Irina Yarovaya, noted that American politicians stayed strangely silent about the incident over Bloodhound Gang’s escapade. “It is obvious for anyone that such actions in any state of the world are crimes,” she said. “They are direct actions that insult a country and its citizens.”

No special legal education is needed to understand such things, she noted. “And the fact that these persons have fled Russia very promptly is an obvious proof that they had been fully aware of the fact that they had committed a crime,” Yarovaya said. “They cannot justify themselves in the face of the Russian people by their originality or eccentricity. Each of us understands that is was a willful misconduct.”

Earlier on Sunday, deputy speaker and secretary of the General Council of the ruling United Russia party Sergei Neverov said a request would be channeled to controlling bodies to find out who had been behind this escapade.

There can be nothing in common with musicians who desecrated the Russian flag, he stressed. “But we have questions to those who invited them to Russia, who organized their concerts, who arranged for venues and paid them,” he said. “Whose order the group was playing to? Those who have paid them to do what they did? Like it was with Madonna… These are links of one chain.”

So, “an inquiry will be channels to relevant bodies to find out all the circumstances of this invitation - who is behind it,” he said. “Organizers of such performances must be brought to full responsibility for what happened and caused indignation in Russia.”

Bloodhound Gang’s performance at the Kubana-2013 festival in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Territory was cancelled. The musicians are facing criminal prosecution. But the Krasnodar Territory’s department of the Russian Investigations Committee has received no relevant materials from the prosecution agencies so far.

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