Russia: Music portal banned

2 September 2015

The Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor has banned online music portal for offering the song ‘Kill a cop’ (‘Ubey menta’) by the Russian alternative rock band Psychea, according to the Calvert Journal.

The chorus of the song reads:

“Beat me, trample me, cut me to pieces — I’ve gone completely insane. The situation is getting out of control, and I hope it’s worth it. Kill a cop! (How much is your freedom worth, anyway?)”


While the authorities first banned the song five years ago, after a Moscow court placed it on the government’s list of illegal extremist materials, Roskomnadzor first made significant efforts to restrict access to online resources that hosted copies of ‘Kill a cop’ in summer 2014.

Since 24 September 2014, when a court in the city of Kirov again instructed the authorities to ban websites hosting the song, Roskomnadzor has blocked several online resources, including the music portal was added to the government’s official registry of blocked websites on 27 August 2015. As Russian internet service providers are unable to restrict access to a single song, they decided to block the entire portal.

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