Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he wants government leaders to control rap music. Speaking at a meeting of the Council for Culture and Art, Putin stated, “If it’s impossible to stop something, you’ve got to take charge of it.”
The comments follow a series of concert cancellations across Russia, in addition to the arrest of rapper Husky whose music has often been critical of the Kremlin. Following the cancellation of a concert in southern Russia, Husky attempted to perform on the roof of a car and was subsequently arrested.
Putin also voice concerns about drug usage among youth and as related to rap. Responding to a music producer and advisory council member, Putin added, “You said that rap [rests on] three pillars: sex, drugs and protests. Of all of these, drugs are the most worrying. They are the route to a nation’s degradation”