Putin’s take on rap, drugs, sex & protest: Don’t ban rappers, it’s the drugs we should worry about
The Russian president on Saturday warned against attempts to ban and prosecute rappers, describing such measures as “the least effective, the worst ones anyone could come up with.”
“The effect of them would be opposite to the desired one,” Putin said.
Putin delivered the remarks during a meeting of the presidential council on culture in St. Petersburg, where rap culture, which has recently been a hot topic in Russia, was one of the topics. Over the past few months, Russia’s authorities have canceled several concerts featuring the genre at the last minute, justifying it by the artists’ promotion of drugs, obscene language and insinuations of a need for violence.Also on rt.com ‘Nothing to discuss here, bro!’ Russian rap star walks out of free speech talks with politicians
But the debate didn't end there. Rap culture –extremely popular among Russia's youth– is based on “sex, drugs and general protest against everything,” one of the council's members, Igor Matvienko, said. A producer and composer, he is behind many Russian pop-music bands, some of which are active since the early 1990s.
To this Putin responded: “Drugs raise the most concerns, naturally, since it's the surest way to the nation's decline.”
If they like that stuff abroad – God help them, they can do anything they want. We here should reflect on how to organize our work to prevent this.
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