Russian comedian and ethnic Kazakh Azamat Musagaliev and his colleague Denis Dorokhov performed a concert at the Saur-Mogila memorial in the Russian-occupied part of the Donetsk region and expressed support for the Russian military. Now subscribers from Kazakhstan are demanding the cancellation of Musagaliev’s concerts in Astana and Almaty.
“This is our first time here. This place is very impressive, it touches the soul. We also learned many stories associated with this place. When they were told, there were goosebumps,” Dorokhov said in an interview with the local television channel Oplot TV. The comedian added that he talked with Russian soldiers who are fighting in Ukraine, and they seemed to him “sincere people.”
In turn, Musagaliev wished the residents of the annexed Donetsk region “a peaceful sky above their heads, health and the smiles of loved ones.”
After performing at a concert dedicated to the liberation of Donbass during World War II, Musagaliyev was brought into the Ukrainian “Peacemaker” base, where the artist was called “an accomplice of Russian-fascist invaders and terrorists.” Denis Dorokhov has been on the “Peacemaker” list since 2019 after visiting annexed Crimea.
Azamat Musagaliev is a Russian comedian, born in the Astrakhan region. However, he is an ethnic Kazakh, so his career is closely watched in Kazakhstan, where only a small part of the population supports Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Subscribers of the members of the KVN team “Kamyzyaki”, headed by Musagaliev, reacted negatively to their trip to the territory of the so-called “DPR.” Many subscribers call showmen “sellouts.” Social network users from Kazakhstan are demanding the cancellation of concerts in Astana and Almaty, which the Kamyzyakov team had planned for early October. Musagaliev himself closed comments under the post, so subscribers leave their opinions regarding this trip under Denis Dorokhov’s post. There are already more than a thousand comments.
“You will have “fun” in Almaty and Astana if concerts take place at all now,” “Please do not come to Kazakhstan,” “The road is closed for you and Azamat in Kazakhstan!!!”, “Alga Kazakhstan!!! Personally, I will be against your arrival in my country!”, “We did not expect from Azamat.”
Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, Azamat Musagaliev and Denis Dorokhov have not spoken out about the war. In February 2022, Musagaliev posted a picture on his personal Instagram blog with the words “For Peace” and a St. George’s ribbon.