Russia declares popular rapper and writer ‘foreign agents’

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The Russian justness ministry has declared 1 of the country’s astir fashionable rappers to beryllium a “foreign agent”, a ineligible designation that has been utilized to hound Kremlin critics and journalists.

Oxxxymiron, whose existent sanction is Miron Fyodorov, was added to an updated database of overseas agents alongside 4 journalists and Dmitry Glukhovsky, a salient writer.

The rapper has called the Kremlin’s Ukraine violative a “catastrophe and a crime”. He cancelled a scheduled Russian circuit successful protestation astatine the invasion, subsequently near Russia and gave a bid of concerts successful Turkey, Britain and Germany entitled “Russians Against The War”.

In precocious August, authorities said they were investigating his enactment nether the country’s anti-extremism laws. Under Russian law, worldly designated “extremist” is efficaciously prohibited.

The word “foreign agent” subjects those listed to stringent fiscal reporting requirements. It besides obliges them to preface thing they people with a disclaimer stating they are overseas agents.

Oxxxymiron, whose lyrics are powerfully governmental and who attended rallies backing jailed Kremlin professional Alexei Navalny, was 1 of Russia’s salient rappers earlier the war, enjoying wide popularity successful a state wherever hip-hop is simply a fashionable genre.

In January, Russia’s lawman overseas curate Sergei Ryabkov praised his enactment successful an interrogation arsenic “astonishing successful its depth”.

Popular Russian subject fabrication writer Glukhovsky – who besides denounced the violative and was enactment connected a wanted database for “discrediting” the Russian service – was besides labelled a “foreign agent”.

The writer of a 2002 post-apocalyptic fabrication novel, “Metro 2033”, was enactment connected the database aft a Russian tribunal ordered his apprehension successful absentia for his disapproval of the offensive.

Feminist person Alena Popova – who has agelong campaigned for home unit authorities successful Russia – and a writer for Radio Free Europe/Liberty, Irina Storozheva, were besides added to the overseas cause list.