According to this article and a tweet from Polish electronic music and activist collective Oramics, DJ and musician Avtomat was arrested on the 7th of August at a peaceful protest in support of LGBTQ+ activist Margot.
According to the previously mentioned article “Avtomat contributed a track, ‘Ignorance Ha’, to Oramics’ massive, 126-track, ‘TOTAL SOLIDARITY’ compilation in August 2019, with all proceeds from the digital sales going toward Polish queer organizations: Kampania Przeciw Homofobii and Miłość Nie Wyklucza. The compilation also featured contributions from Violet, Lee Gamble, Loraine James, Jacek Sienkiewicz, TSVI, rkss, Borusiade, Kamil Szuszkiewicz, Air Max ’97 and many, many more.
Cover photo: screenshot from Husky’s video ‘Judas’
Rapper Husky (Хаски) was recently detained by Russian authorities. As CrimeRussia reports “The prosecutor’s office considered the rapper’s work propaganda of drugs, and also found calls for extremism and suicide in his songs.”
Husky is known to rap about corruption and police brutality and his detention is one of many in recent row of arrests and oppression tactics towards outspoken, Russian artists.
The video to his song ‘Judas’ has been blocked on YouTube, which is possibly not surprising given the level of religious fanaticism in the country. Now he is facing troubled times as his concerts are being forcefully canceled and his earnings as a professional musician are in a limbo.
Established rapper Oxxxymiron posted a video on his Instagram page and the same information on his Facebook page about how he, and other rappers, will hold a benefit concert in solidarity with Husky.
Oxxxymiron speaks in the video about how important it is that artists stand together against the oppression that authorities are putting on these days, no matter if they share Husky’s opinions or not. The problem is bigger than individuals and he goes on saying that “Artists are blamed for the problems of society, because it is easier than to address these very problems.”