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Baku Concert By Russian Rocker, Kremlin Critic Makarevich Canceled

  • RFE/RL

A planned concert by Russian rock musician Andrei Makarevich has been canceled in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Makarevich, front man of the legendary band Mashina Vremeni (Time Machine), has had concerts in several Russian cities canceled in recent weeks.

Pro-Kremlin lawmakers and commentators in Russia branded him a traitor after he gave concerts in Ukraine for refugees from the eastern part of the country, where government forces have been fighting pro-Russian separatists.

Makarevich wrote on Facebook on October 13 that Baku city authorities cancelled the concert by him and "The Creole Tango Orchestra" in order "to avoid pro-Ukrainian actions."

The concert was scheduled for October 31 at Baku's Heydar Aliyev Palace, a venue named after the late former president whose son, Ilham Aliyev, succeeded him shortly before his death in 2003.

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