Apparently Batushka have been receiving threats, relating to the Russian leg of the current European tour.
Orthodox extremists have been making threats to cause trouble if the band goes forth, and perform as planned.
Here is the official statement, posted on Facebook by Witching Hour Productions and Batushka, regarding the Moscow shows:
“Dear Friends & supporters in Russia, It is with sincere regret that we would like to inform you that we have to cancel both our shows in Moscow. We had all the approvals and “green light” from the Russian Police, immigration control and responsible officials. Unfortunately we received threats from extremists affiliated with the Russian Orthodox Church stating that they will beat up and even kill people attending to both shows. Since it’s beyond our control and we are not able to assure that the concerts will be 100% safe for both the audience and us we are forced to cancel both of them immediately. Hope you understand. We would like to thank our Russian promoter for his tremendous work & support he gave us. Once again, we truly apologize and hope that some day we will be able to perform on Russian soil. Stay safe! – БАТЮШКА”
While Islamic extremists, and their insane acts, are making headlines across the world – this incident politely reminds us, that idiots comes in all sizes, colours and with every religious view possible.
From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.
Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses
Fight the unjustifiable, fight every religious coward that defends his actions in the name of any god..
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