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Belarus: Film banned from festival for “anti-human view of life”

20 October 2016

The Belarusian Ministry of Culture’s expert commission on the prevention of pornography, violence, and cruelty has forbidden organizers of the sixth annual Bulbamovie film festival from screening Valeriya Tseliasheuskaya’s short film ‘Belarusian Scrambled Eggs’ due to its “numerous scenes of violence” and that “the relationships between the people in the …

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Sweden: Freemuse Award ceremony 2016 in the Eurovision Village

9 May 2016

Two Freemuse Award winners shared the stage when Lavon Volski received the 2016 Freemuse Award in Stockholm on 8 May 2016. The event took place on stage in Stockholm’s Kungsträdgården – which currently has been transformed into the ‘Eurovision Village’. “Belarus has a winner, but…” Stockholm city hosting the Eurovision …

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Belarus: Lavon Volski is a free man in an unfree country

28 April 2016

Since the beginning of the 1980s, the Belarusian rock musician Lavon Volski has been one of the most influential cultural personalities in his country fighting for freedom of artistic expression. In May 2016, he is being honoured with the Freemuse Award 2016. By Ingo Petz For more than 30 years now, Lavon …

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Freemuse Award Winner 2016 is Lavon Volski

25 April 2016

Lavon Volski, an icon of Belarusian rock music, is the winner of the 2016 Freemuse Award. His songs are anthems of those who dream of a democratic and free Belarus. Thus Volski since many years has been on the regime’s infamous “black list” of artists never played on national radio …

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Belarus: Banned musician surprises Minsk metro travellers

18 September 2015

Lavon Volski, one of the most famous rock artists in Belarus, made a surprise performance in the metro of Minsk, the capital of Belarus, on 14 September 2015. Lavon Volski is banned from performing in Belarus. But returning from a performance in United Kingdom where Lavon Volski teamed up with …

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Belarus: Soccer fans detained for singing song deriding Russian president

16 October 2014

A court in the Belarusian capital Minsk has imprisoned eight Ukrainian football fans after they sang an insulting song about Russian president Vladimir Putin. According to police, 41 fans were detained after the Belarus versus Ukraine European Championship qualifier match in the Belarusian city of Borisov on 9 October 2014. …

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Freemuse to United Nations: Belarus should explain censorship

3 October 2014

In a Universal Periodic Review submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Freemuse argues that Belarus is failing to abide by its international commitments to fully protect the fundamental artistic freedoms of its citizens. “Belarus should take active steps publicly to document and explain its censorship policy – not …

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Freemuse to UN: Belarus should explain censorship

3 October 2014

In a Universal Periodic Review submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Freemuse argues that Belarus is failing to abide by its international commitments to fully protect the fundamental artistic freedoms of its citizens.

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