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Novosibirsk May Ban Marilyn Manson Concert

Published: June 13, 2014 (Issue # 1815)



  • American rocker Marilyn Manson is facing protests and a potential ban.
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Orthodox Christian groups have asked the local government in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk to ban an upcoming concert by prominent U.S. shock rocker Marilyn Manson, Itar-Tass reported.

On June 11, the office of Novosibirsk Mayor Anatoly Lokot approved a request by the Christian groups to hold a protest against Manson's concert, and the city administration has said it is considering their request to ban the concert outright, making it seem likely that Manson will not be able to appear in the Siberian city.

"Marilyn Manson propagandizes anti-family values and a depraved lifestyle, which has a deep effect on the upbringing of the young generation and results in a feeling of not understanding modern culture in the older generation," the Christian activists wrote in their appeal to the city administration.

The activists accused Manson of violating several Russian laws, saying his music and concerts served to propagandize nontraditional sexual orientations among minors. Furthermore, Manson's actions at concerts like burning the bible, singing "blasphemous" songs, and dancing in a priest's costume were said to offend religious sentiments.

Marilyn Manson first announced plans to play a concert in Novosibirsk after an earlier concert planned in Kiev was canceled due to the unstable political situation in Ukraine. Manson also had planned to make a full tour of Siberian cities last year, yet canceled the tour without explanation.

Manson has not yet responded to reports of the possible concert ban. The singer has a growing following in Russia and recently opened an account on Russian social networking site Vkontakte, on which he has even experimented with writing in Russian, indicating that he hopes to grow his popularity in the former Soviet Union in the future.

Manson is far from the only Western rock band to have run into problems in Russia recently — Polish band Behemoth, a black metal group similar in appearance to Manson, ran into numerous difficulties on a recent tour in Russia: They were protested against in several cities, prevented from performing in Novosibirsk, and finally arrested in Yekaterinburg for allegedly violating the terms of their visas, which resulted in their deportation out of the country.

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