Russian court fines rapper Oxxxymiron €1,000 over charges of ‘calls for separatism’

The St. Petersburg Oktyabrsky Court has fined rapper Oxxxymiron (Miron Fyodorov) 70,000 rubles [€980] over charges of “public calls for actions violating the territorial integrity of the Russian Federation”, Russia’s state news agency TASS reports.

The reason for the protocol drawn up at the beginning of December was the rapper’s song OIDA, which contains “slogans with a public positive outlook at [the idea of] separation of part of the country’s territory”, according to the St. Petersburg Prosecutor’s Office.

Previously, Ekaterina Mizulina, head of Russia’s Safe Internet League, filed a complaint about the song. According to her, the song contains calls for St. Petersburg’s secession from Russia.

Mizulina was probably referring to these lines of the song:

“Fans won’t forget the troubadour

Hi to the Investigative Committee and Prosecutor’s Office

Air kisses to beautiful girls on the Obvodny Canal

Ingria will be free”

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The rapper was previously fined 45,000 rubles [€630] over charges of “discrediting” the Russian army for posting a video on his VKontakte page, in which he speaks out against the war in Ukraine. He was also pronounced a “foreign agent” by Russia’s Ministry of Justice in October.

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