The most popular Russian rapper Husky, Dmitrij Kuznetsov, has been detained and faces more than a month in jail. The 25-year-old was supposed to perform at a club in Krasnodar yesterday, but his concert was canceled at the last minute. At first the event had been canceled due to "extremist illegal actions", the organizers had tried to move the exhibition to another location, but shortly before the start the electricity had gone away. As we also see in some videos circulated on social networks, Husky came out on the street at the entrance of the room, climbed on the roof of a car and began to sing surrounded by his fans singing in unison. But a few minutes later a police patrol arrived on the spot and took the rapper away.
The accusation is of unauthorized assembly, disorderly conduct associated with disobedience to a public official and refusal to undergo a medical examination. For each of these charges, Kuznetsov faces up to 15 days in prison, according to his lawyer Aleksej Avanesvan. He was convicted of "disorderly conduct", but acquitted of the charge of "unauthorized assembly organization". A third hearing for the charge of "refusing to undergo a medical examination" will still have to be held, according to "Mediazona".
Husky is much loved among young people in Russia. His music videos on Youtube have collected millions and millions of views. His texts often mock the authorities or report police brutality. Previously, his concert had been canceled in Togliatti on November 2 and a video of one of his songs had been banned. Last month, the rapper himself had reported on social networks that the authorities were putting pressure on several Russian cities to cancel their concerts by claiming that his pieces offended Christian believers and promiscuity.