In Arkhangelsk, a city in Northern Russia, a man was stomped to death on 17 February 2013 for rapping at a sports bar.
Alexei Gorlishchev, 25, was rapping at the local Bookmaker Pub, sparking the ire of some patrons, the Lifenews.ru tabloid reported.
One of the critics, Artyom Furzikov, 21, offered the rapper to “take it outside”. There, he slammed Gorlishchev to the ground and jumped on him. Alexei Gorlishchev suffered internal bleeding and died shortly after being hospitalized.
Hip-hop versus rock
Hip-hop has had a hard time in Russia, with the 1990s seeing street wars between rap and heavy metal fans, complete with beatings and stabbings.
It remains unpopular among many sports fans, especially those who have a tendency toward nationalist views and prefer punk, rock and related genres such as ‘oi’, favored by skinheads worldwide.
Russian music fans in Russia have killed before, wrote Ria Novosti:
In December 2012, police in Astrakhan Region reported a taxi driver murdered by his two passengers over a music-related argument. No band names were released.
In July 2012, a Deep Purple fan in Nizhny Novgorod was stabbed to death by a drinking companion who asked in vain to hear some “chanson,” a specific Russian genre of music combining folk and cabaret influences with sappy lyrics about criminal life.
Ria Novosti – 18 February 2013:
Man Stomped to Death in Russia for Performing Rap