Yekaterinburg court orders deportation of band Behemoth
The October District Court in Yekaterinburg has ordered the deportation of musicians from Polish metal band Behemoth, arrested by Federal Migration Service (FMS) officers for visa violations in the dressing room of a club, and fined them 2,000 roubles ($60). The musicians said they were held in a «very small room with excrement on the walls». Behemoth’s previous show (in Novosibirsk) was obstructed by «Orthodox activists», prior to which another four performances were cancelled, Sib.fm’s correspondent learned on 22 May.
According to Yekaterinburg online newspaper znak.com, one of the city’s District Courts ordered the deportation of musicians from Polish black/death metal band Behemoth on 22 May and imposed a fine of 2,000 roubles ($60). The fine must be paid within 60 days.
Nevertheless, their departure should be «independent and controlled». This means that the musicians will not be taken into custody by the FMS after their court hearing. According to the judge, Behemoth will be able to leave Russia of their own accord in «a reasonable time period, which is not specified by the law», and the musicians’ border crossing will be «specially recorded» by border guards, writes the newspaper.
As the judge explained during the hearing, the visa regime was violated because the purpose of the band’s trip to Russia was designated as «business», but they had in fact organised a tour, the newspaper reports.
Polish black/death-metal band Behemoth were arrested on 21 May in the dressing room of the Tele-club in Yekaterinburg, where they were supposed to play a concert, and taken to the FMS building accompanied by ten police officers.
Before the hearing, the musicians complained about the conditions of their detention at a pre-trial detention facility.
«It was a very small room of 1×1.5m. The walls were smeared with faeces. At night, we asked to be taken to the toilet, but our request was declined for some reason. We had to relieve ourselves in plastic bottles,» znak.com quotes frontman Adam Darski as saying.
To recap, the band’s performance at Novosibirsk club Rock City did not take place either. A group of young people in sportswear, identifying themselves as «Orthodox activists», stood at the entrance to the club and did not let the band’s fans and the musicians themselves inside. Before that, they attacked the club’s security personnel and beat up people who tried to enter the establishment.
In the course of the Russian Satanist 2014 tour, Behemoth concerts were also cancelled in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk and Tomsk due to protests from «Orthodox activists» and the resistance of local authorities.