The State Duma named rappers who are not facing criminal prosecution for their texts: these are Oksimiron and Basta

The State Duma named rappers who are not facing criminal prosecution for their texts: these are Oksimiron and Basta

Oksimiron

Elena Drapeko, deputy chairman of the culture committee of the lower house of parliament, named rappers who in Russia are not threatened with criminal prosecution for the lyrics of their songs, since they do not propagate drugs. The list turned out to be very short – it included only Oksimiron (real name – Miron Fedorov – editor's note) and Basta (real name – Vasily Vakulenko. – editor's note). The deputy announced this on the air of the radio “Moscow speaking”.

The State Duma named rappers who are not facing criminal prosecution for their texts: these are Oksimiron and Basta

Oksimiron

We have legislation that prohibits the propaganda of drugs, and therefore, if there is really propaganda there, then our security forces have the right to involve them under this article. I want to say that with Basta and Oksimiron, as far as I remember, this was not in the texts. They sang about something else. Therefore, if rappers allow themselves to give out such things to the public information space, then, of course, they should be responsible for their words. Like any other citizen.

This is an objective reality, since there was no such legislation before, now it has appeared, and it must be implemented. Another thing is that you need to look at the degree of guilt, but this is already a question of the judicial authorities, which will make a decision. The punishment is spelled out in the law, it must be proportionate to the offense,

– she noted.

The State Duma named rappers who are not facing criminal prosecution for their texts: these are Oksimiron and Basta

Basta

The conversation on this topic took place against the background of the situation around the rapper Morgenstern. Recall that recently, the head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, accused a colleague of Oksimiron and Basta, rapper Morgenstern, of drug trafficking on social networks. After that, the rapper left Russia for Belarus and disappeared from the radar. Now he and his wife Dilara are vacationing in Dubai. He did not comment on the accusations against him.

According to a Znak.com source, the presidential administration was in talks with the rapper about his return to Russia. Allegedly, he was offered to return to his homeland and continue to quietly study music, but at the same time agree to cooperate with the authorities on the eve of the presidential elections in 2024. According to the insider, if Morgenstern refuses to cooperate upon his return to Russia, the Investigative Committee may continue to prosecute him. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov called these messages a “duck”. Morgenstern's lawyer Sergei Zhorin said that he did not know anything about the negotiations with the Kremlin, but the musician's concert director Tabriz Shahidi did not deny the likelihood of negotiations.

I am sure that such negotiations are theoretically possible with any artist, with any leader of public opinion. And I do not see anything shameful in this,

– he noted.

Several months ago, Morgenstern was fined 100 thousand rubles for promoting drugs in his video clips “Rosé Wine – 2” and Family.

The State Duma named rappers who are not facing criminal prosecution for their texts: these are Oksimiron and Basta

Morgenstern

The State Duma named rappers who are not facing criminal prosecution for their texts: these are Oksimiron and Basta

A drug propaganda case was also initiated against the rapper OG Buda (real name – Grigory Lyakhov. – Ed.). Aljay is also suspected of drug propaganda (real name – Aleksey Uzenyuk – editor's note).

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