He called on musicians to lead what he called a "revolution of the soul."
Today, many of Russia's musicians look much less servile and obedient than they did at the time of Shevchuk's comments. Is the revolution of the soul he called for under way?
In the latest edition of "The Power Vertical Podcast," I talk with regular co-host Kirill Kobrin, managing editor of RFE/RL's Russian Service, about music and politics in today's Russia -- with some clips of our favorite bands mixed in for your enjoyment.
Also on the podcast, Kirill and I discuss yet another scandal surrounding Investigative Committee head Aleksandr Bastrykin, who was in the news this week for all the wrong reasons.
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