July 05, 2023

Rockstar Declared Foreign Agent


Rockstar Declared Foreign Agent
Boris Grebenshchikov. KarloMorosin, Twitter.

Boris Grebenshchikov, singer and songwriter considered one of the fathers of Russian Rock and Roll, has been declared a "foreign agent" by the Ministry of Justice for his anti-war remarks and fundraising efforts.

Grebenshchikov is no stranger to censorship. His first band, Aquarium, began playing when Western Rock & Roll was prohibited in the Soviet Union. The Soviet government banned Aquarium's music after a scandalous performance in Tbilisi in 1980, resulting in Grebenshchikov losing his job and his membership in the Communist Party. In response, in 1983, he sang, "Rock and Roll is dead, but I'm not yet."

The musician has openly opposed the war in interviews and concerts. In October 2022, "BG" released a song with Dave Stewart, Stevie Nicks, and Serhii Babkin to fundraise for the Ukrainian government platform United24 (embedded below). On May 18, Grebenshchikov, who currently resides outside Russia, was charged with "discrediting the army."

On the day "BG" was declared a "foreign agent," independent news outlets such as Bumaga and Sota.Vision, the Anglo-American school of Moscow, and the former rabbi of Moscow, Fillip Goldschmidt, among others, were given the same label. 

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