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Activists Call on U.K. to Keep Two Russian Singers from Performing in London
3:04 AM PST 10/16/2014 by Nick Holdsworth



Iosif Kobzon and Alla Perfilova are called "cheerleaders for the Kremlin" in an online petition
Activists in London are calling on the British government to prevent two Russian singers who are prominent supporters of the Kremlin's policies in Ukraine from entering the country.


Iosif Kobzon and Alla Perfilova, known by her stage name Valeriya, are due to perform Oct. 21 at the British capital's Royal Albert Hall in a heavily advertised concert supported by Russia's official cultural body Rossotrudnichestvo. Both performers have already been granted visas to enter Britain.

Campaigners, who have launched an online petition to bar them from entering the country, say the singers have by their "words and actions" legitimized Russia's annexation of Crimea and allowing them in would amount to a PR coup for the Kremlin.

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Andrei Sidelnikov, a London-based anti-Putin campaigner who says he received political asylum in the U.K. six years ago, says Britain should follow Latvia's example, which has banned both singers for contributing "to the undermining of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

In March, Kobzon and Perfilova were among hundreds of leading Russian arts and cultural figures whosigned an open letter supporting Putin's policies in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Perfilova has also gone on record to praise anti-gay laws introduced in Russia last year and the imprisonment of two members of punk band Pussy Riot.

Kobzon, the more famous of the two, who has a career going back decades when he was described as the Soviet answer to Frank Sinatra, is a deputy in the ruling pro-Kremlin party United Russia who has long been banned from entering the U.S. because of alleged links with organized crime. Kobzon's denials have proved futile in having the ban, introduced in 1994, lifted.

Sidelnikov, who has handed a version of the petition to the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, told The Guardian: "We would be very sad it they are allowed in. We understand it’s up to the British government to act. Free speech is important. But these singers are supporting war in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. You can’t separate their politics from show business.”

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The online petition at Change.org says: "Stop Iosif Kobzon and other members of the Kremlin's cheerleading team from entering the U.K. or any other democratic country." By early Thursday, is had attracted 3,887 of its target 5,000 signatures.

Supporters of the singers point out that Kobzon, though close to power, has remained loyal to those who have fallen out with the Kremlin, including ex-Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who was sacked in 2010. Kobzon also helped arrange the funeral in 1980 of singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky, who was considered anti-Soviet by the authorities.



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Activists Call on U.K. to Keep Two Russian Singers from Performing in London
3:04 AM PST 10/16/2014 by Nick Holdsworth



Iosif Kobzon and Alla Perfilova are called "cheerleaders for the Kremlin" in an online petition
Activists in London are calling on the British government to prevent two Russian singers who are prominent supporters of the Kremlin's policies in Ukraine from entering the country.


Iosif Kobzon and Alla Perfilova, known by her stage name Valeriya, are due to perform Oct. 21 at the British capital's Royal Albert Hall in a heavily advertised concert supported by Russia's official cultural body Rossotrudnichestvo. Both performers have already been granted visas to enter Britain.

Campaigners, who have launched an online petition to bar them from entering the country, say the singers have by their "words and actions" legitimized Russia's annexation of Crimea and allowing them in would amount to a PR coup for the Kremlin.

Read more Oscars: Russia Shockingly Submits Russia-Bashing Hit 'Leviathan' for Foreign-Language Category

Andrei Sidelnikov, a London-based anti-Putin campaigner who says he received political asylum in the U.K. six years ago, says Britain should follow Latvia's example, which has banned both singers for contributing "to the undermining of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

In March, Kobzon and Perfilova were among hundreds of leading Russian arts and cultural figures whosigned an open letter supporting Putin's policies in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. Perfilova has also gone on record to praise anti-gay laws introduced in Russia last year and the imprisonment of two members of punk band Pussy Riot.

Kobzon, the more famous of the two, who has a career going back decades when he was described as the Soviet answer to Frank Sinatra, is a deputy in the ruling pro-Kremlin party United Russia who has long been banned from entering the U.S. because of alleged links with organized crime. Kobzon's denials have proved futile in having the ban, introduced in 1994, lifted.

Sidelnikov, who has handed a version of the petition to the office of British Prime Minister David Cameron, told The Guardian: "We would be very sad it they are allowed in. We understand it’s up to the British government to act. Free speech is important. But these singers are supporting war in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. You can’t separate their politics from show business.”

Read more Russian President Putin Signs Law Limiting Foreign Ownership of Media Companies

The online petition at Change.org says: "Stop Iosif Kobzon and other members of the Kremlin's cheerleading team from entering the U.K. or any other democratic country." By early Thursday, is had attracted 3,887 of its target 5,000 signatures.

Supporters of the singers point out that Kobzon, though close to power, has remained loyal to those who have fallen out with the Kremlin, including ex-Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who was sacked in 2010. Kobzon also helped arrange the funeral in 1980 of singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky, who was considered anti-Soviet by the authorities.


Russia runs campaigns against everybody form Lady Gaga to Elton John to the Bloodhound Gang and bans foreigners from adopting Russian children because of a tiny number of child murders in the US despite there being far more in Russia. You don't even allow foreign Catholic and Protestant priests and pastors to visit. And you're accusing us of xenophobia?
 

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hahaha, racist, not sure how? bit rich coming from Russia, a hotbed of Nazism and racism despite cries against fighting those things.
 

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Uhmm, there isn't a race issue here. Thread title is misleading to say the least.
Mods, can someone fix the thread title and address the maker?
 

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Russians accusing Britain of Racism? Shit must have gone down real bad real fast, since i left Britain 3 months ago.
 

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