- A crowd chanted “fuck the war” at a Kis-Kis concert in St Petersburg, Russia on Friday night, a video shows.
- On Wednesday, a Russian rockstar was prosecuted after making an anti-war speech during a concert.
- He is one of the 2,029 Russians charged with “discrediting” the Russian army during the war in Ukraine, Novaya Gazeta.
Video footage has emerged of concertgoers in St Petersburg, Russia, chanting an anti-war message to protest Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.
The video, shared on Twitter by the Russian opposition politician Lubov Sobol, shows a large crowd chanting in unison.
The concertgoers can be heard shouting “fuck the war” repeatedly in Russian, referring to the ongoing offensive in Ukraine.
—Соболь Любовь (@SobolLubov) May 21, 2022
The anti-war chanting took place at a concert for the Russian band Kis-Kis at the A2 Green Concert venue in St Petersburg on Friday night.
Earlier this week, another concert was the scene of an anti-war protest. Russian rockstar Yuri Shevchuk, the lead singer of the band DDT, was prosecuted after speaking out against Putin and the war in Ukraine at a performance in Ufa, Russia, The Moscow Times reported.
Footage of his speech has been shared widely on social media. In a version of the video, subtitled in English, Shevchuk said: “And now people of Ukraine are being murdered. For what? Our boys are dying over there. For what? What are the goals, my friends?”
He said that mothers, children, and the elderly are dying due to “some Napoleonic plans of another Caesar of ours,” the video shows.
“The motherland, my friends, is not the president’s ass that has to be slobbered and kissed all the time,” Shevchuk said, per The Moscow Times.
Shevchuk is charged with “discrediting” the Russian military and, if found guilty, faces a fine of up to 50,000 rubles ($800), according to reports.
Two thousand twenty-nine people have been charged with administrative offenses for “discrediting” the Russian army since February 24, the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported.