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Russian Cossacks Oppose Androgynous Ukrainian Band 'Kazaky'
28.08.2013 11:58
Russian Cossacks Oppose Androgynous Ukrainian Band 'Kazaky'

On Saturday, August 24, Cossacks, the members of Russian traditionalist community, held a protest rally in the Urals city of Perm against a show by their Ukrainian high-heeled and androgynous namesakes.

      Kazaky, or "Cossacks," is a Ukrainian all-male synth-pop quartet whose members wear stiletto shoes and skin-tight clothes and sometimes nothing but leather pants or underwear. The band, which is best known for dancing in Madonna’s 2012 music video "Girl Gone Wild," has recorded two albums and released several music videos with somewhat homoerotic choreography.

      On Satuerday, the scandalous band arrived to the city of Perm to make a show in the Q2 nightclub. A group of Russian Cossacks staged a noisy protest near the club yelling threats like “Get out of Perm!” and some homophobic insults, singing Cossack songs and urging the club’s owners to cancel a Kazaky show.

      However, the show wasn't canceled as the band didn't break any rules that would have necessitated canceling the show. As the band’s manager Alexei Mironichev said, "Kazaky" are used to such attitude when making shows in small Russian and Ukrainian cities.

      In 2011, Kazaky had to cancel their show in a village in the southern Rostov region because local Cossacks threatened to use violence against Kazaky. Rostov is one of the strongholds of Cossack traditions in Russia.

      Some Russian Cossacs are notorious by their negative attitude to homosexuality, including the violent dispersion of gay rallies in Moscow and other Russian cities, brutally attacking LGBT activists and their supporters.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Cossacs homophobia in Russia Perm LGBT in Russia  

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