Russia Pulls The Plug On Anti-War Music After Invading Ukraine

The Russian Media Group (RMG) has been pulling Anti War songs off the Russian airwaves after the invasion of Ukraine, blacklisting various pieces of music and musicians that don't promote war and encourage peace.

These include various Ukrainian music groups, three Russian music groups, and various songs and artists from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and the 2000's who made songs criticizing war and promoting peace.

The “Vietnam War Genre” of music made during the 60's and 70's, being a prime target by RMG and the Russian State.

Just after the war started in late February, Ukrainian musician Ivan Dorn posted a video on his Instagram account calling on Russians who oppose the war to “End this catastrophe” and “Not to fight in this pointless war”.

Only days later he discovered that RMG had put him on a blacklist and could no longer release music in Russia or perform in Russian venues, “Any cooperation with Russia was impossible even before the announcement of any list” he said.

It's not known who exactly created the blacklist or even who authorized it, but many suspect Vladimir Putin himself was responsible.

The uncertainty of it's origins makes it difficult for promoters, musicians, and venue owners to take it seriously or not.

However convoluted the blacklist's origin is, it shows the politically dangerous climate for musicians both inside and outside of Russia who don't share the Kremlin's view on the war in Ukraine.

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