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Russian Rocker Makarevich's Lecture Cancelled

First, Russian rock musician Andrei Makarevich had concerts cancelled following his public criticism of Moscow over the conflict in Ukraine.

This time, it's a lecture.

Makarevich was scheduled to deliver a lecture - "What is beauty: How to help people whose opinions differ from yours" - in the Siberian science hub of Akademgorodok as part of a two-day event in late October.

The organizer said on October 9 that the officials of the facility that planned to host the gathering "have been under pressure" and cancelled the event, which also was to include seminars by psychologists.

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

Pro-Kremlin lawmakers and commentators branded Makarevich 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.

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