Russia’s most well-known rocker enters politics: ‘Leningrad’ star Shnurov might RUN for SEAT in parliament


Some of the West’s largest rock stars, comparable to Bono and Chris Martin, have tried their hand at political activism. However, they’ve drawn the road at crossing the divide and standing for election themselves.

Russians, after all, do issues in a different way and Moscow media is speculating that the nation’s personal ‘Rock God’ Sergey Shnurov might quickly be swapping live performance levels for a seat within the nationwide parliament (the Duma). On Thursday, he introduced he was to grow to be a member of the center-right Party of Growth, at a neighborhood Saint Petersburg occasion assembly.

It had lengthy been rumored that Shnurov would enter the political sphere, however the musician evasively answered questions on his attainable future position. When requested if he would run for parliament in 2021, he replied, “Right now it’s the plan, but maybe, or maybe not. We need to wait until the elections.”

Shnurov is the frontman of the Saint Petersburg band Leningrad, a ska-punk outfit considerably analogous to the British group Madness however way more enduring commercially. They play to sold-out arenas in Russia, and past, and are scheduled to play on the Coachella Festival in California this April. The singer is a family title in Russia, having achieved a stage of fame much like what Bruce Springsteen enjoys within the US.

In an interview with Petersburg Diary, the Party of Growth’s Saint Petersburg head Oksana Dmitrieva stated that the rock star was able to run for the State Duma or the Legislative Assembly, “if he has the desire.”

According to Dmitrieva, Shnurov can be invited to the Saint Petersburg parliament earlier than the beginning of the election marketing campaign.

“Everyone must do their job. We will involve him in the work of the Legislative Assembly concerning culture and city protection issues,” she defined.

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Boris Titov, the occasion’s chief and former presidential candidate, informed the Saint Petersburg occasion assembly that they plan to grow to be a faction within the State Duma in 2021. The Party of Growth presently has no seats within the state parliament however has three within the native Legislative Assembly of Saint Petersburg. Under Russian election rules, a celebration should obtain 5 % of the general vote to satisfy the brink for coming into the legislature.

Shnurov might have to average his lyrics if he takes up political workplace. One of his most well-known songs issues the voting course of. “And then a great day came, I am given a ballot, I take it and put a cross – uh, I vote against everyone,” he sang. “Elections, elections, [all] candidates [are] f*ggots.”

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