Representatives of law enforcement agencies disrupted the concert of the Russian rapper Noize MC (Ivan Alekseev) in Orenburg. The musician announced this on his Instagram page.
“The FSB, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the regional administration set out to cancel at all costs our concert in your city today,” the musician said in a video message to the residents of Orenburg.
So, the day before the concert, on April 29, on the event page on VKontakte, a message appeared about the transfer of the concert from the STUDIA club to another place “due to certain circumstances.” However, the next day, a few hours before the performance, the artist’s team published an entry that the concert would be split into two parts and held at different venues.
According to Noize MC, he only managed to play an acoustic set on the first site, while the second was “covered by the security forces.”
In conclusion, the musician asked his fans “not to give up” and promised that the concert would definitely take place.
In turn, the administration of the Orenburg region told the publication “Podyom” that the cancellation of the concert is due to coronavirus restrictions – due to the pandemic, concerts in nightclubs in the region are still prohibited. In addition, the authorities said that the venue where the concert was planned allegedly lacked a license.
Earlier in April, the leader of the Russian rock group Nogu Svelo! Maxim Pokrovsky announced the postponement of the band’s tour. According to him, the decision to postpone the tour of Siberia, scheduled for spring, is due to pressure on the organizers of the tour. Group “Nogu svolo!” released clips on the topic of mass protests in Belarus. In addition, Pokrovsky posted on social networks an appeal in support of Alexei Navalny (FBK founder, included by the Ministry of Justice in the register of organizations performing the functions of a foreign agent).