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High Commissioner upheld right to hold rap concerts

17 December 2018
High Commissioner upheld right to hold rap concerts

According to High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation Tatiana Moskalkova, the issue frequently raised by students at the meetings with the federal ombudswoman is whether the ban of local authorities on rap performances violates human rights.

"Part of the older generation has always negatively perceived and continue perceiving new art forms. It suffices to recall such phenomena as jazz and rock that have already become classics, such names as Khlebnikov, Kandinsky, Mayakovsky, Scriabin… New types and forms appear in art as in any other kind of human activity. Some of them stand the test of time, some die out, but this does not mean that they should be banned, especially when they are of public interest among the youth. After all, if authorities prohibit rap on the stage, rappers will sing in the streets, alleyways, which will only contribute to the marginalization of this direction of creativity. Anyway, how can something be banned in the Internet age?

If these texts do not violate the generally accepted principles of morality, if they are not extremist, if they do not incite racial or religious hatred, they are absolutely entitled to existence and public performance. It is just a matter of time whether it is the new kind of art," Tatiana Moskalkova noted.

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