Russian Rapper Sentenced to 10 Days for Insulting Police

By Kremena Krumova
Kremena Krumova
Kremena Krumova
Kremena Krumova is a Sweden-based Foreign Correspondent of Epoch Times. She writes about African, Asian and European politics, as well as humanitarian, anti-terrorism and human rights issues.
August 3, 2010 Updated: August 4, 2010

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Russian rap band Noize MC headliner Ivan Alexeev has been convicted of "hooliganism" for singing a song mocking police at a concert in Volgograd, Russia on July 31.

During the performance Alexeev sang a rhyme with provocative lyrics, describing police brutality, and implying that the police “smoke bamboo,” a slang term for marijuana. Immediately after the concert, the insulted officers came to have a “quite unpleasant conversation” with the organizers, the band’s website states.

When the vocalist left the concert venue, police requested he accompany them to the station where they was “asked” him to stay the night, promising a conversation with the police chief the next morning.

The conversation did not take place. Instead, Alexeev was put in a windowless cell together with eight other detainees. He was told that he would be charged with the minor crimes of disturbing public order and uttering indecent invectives in public.

Although Alexeev’s lawyer had been sure he would only face a fine, the band’s website says, the rapper was sentenced to 10 days in prison.

The incident happened three days after Alexeev’s wife, Anna, gave birth to a son.

Ivan Alexeev became very popular after the release of “Mercedes s666”, where he sang about a scandalous accident in Moscow last February involving the car of Anatoly Barkov, vice president of Russian petrol giant Lukoil.

Kremena Krumova is a Sweden-based Foreign Correspondent of Epoch Times. She writes about African, Asian and European politics, as well as humanitarian, anti-terrorism and human rights issues.