July 19, 2023

Don't Give Me Flowers


Don't Give Me Flowers
Diana Arbenina. Europe_ru, Twitter.

On June 8, two concertgoers were charged with “discrediting the army” after shouting slava Ukraine at singer Diana Arbenina’s show with her band Nochnye Snaypery (The Night Snipers) in Moscow’s Spartak stadium.

After singing her song “Ty Darila Mne Rozy” (You Gave Me Roses), the musician left the stage to receive flowers from fans. In a video published by Ostopozhno, Novosti, one of the concertgoers is seen giving Arbenina a bouquet of lilies while saying “slava Ukraine.” At that moment, Arbenina responded, “Have you decided to make provocations? Why?” She then said she did not want any incidents since her birthday was the next day. The man was arrested, along with another person, but the reason for the second arrest remains unclear. A Moscow court ordered the concertgoers to pay a 30-thousand ruble (332 USD) fine.

Arbenina openly opposed the occupation of Crimea in 2014. When Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the musician sung “Ne Molchi” (Don’t Be Silent) at a concert in Chelyabinsk to protest the war. In 2023, authorities cancelled many of Arbenina’s concerts. 

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