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Court Rules Songs by Russian Metal Bands Are "Extremist"

Source: Moscow Times | Monday, 25 May 2015 | Click here for original article

A court in Russia's Far East said Monday that it had found signs of "violence and intolerance" in songs by two Russian metal bands and that it has asked the Justice Ministry to include the tracks on a federal list of extremist materials.

The Blagoveshchensk City Court agreed with prosecutors that five songs by rock group Kolovrat and thrash metal band Korroziya Metalla (Corrosion of Metal) incited hatred and enmity on the grounds of race, nationality and language, it said in an online statement.

"These records contain calls for violence and intolerance towards representatives of the non-European race, calls for the overthrow of the existing state power, and they justify the murder of senior officials of the Russian Federation," the statement said.

The songs had been uploaded to the popular Russian social networking site VKontakte but have since been removed, the court said, noting that the publication of the records violated Russia's laws on the dissemination of extremist content.

The court has since sent a copy of its verdict to the Justice Ministry, with a request to include the five songs on its list of banned extremist materials.

It is not the first time that a song by Korroziya Metalla has has been recognized as extremist. In August 2014, a district court in the Siberian city of Tomsk included one of its tracks on the federal list of extremist materials, the RBK news site reported Monday.

Korroziya Metalla is known for its provocative lyrics and outrageous stage shows and Kolovrat — whose name comes from a Slavic pagan symbol — is popular among radical nationalists and neo-Nazis.

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