Thursday, 24 June 2010
As everyone knows, Russia was one of the leading countries in the Second World War and is known as a land of fascist defeaters. However, the globalisation process has affected our country in a bad way. Conscious russian youth now is very sad to witness how the deeds of our grandfathers are forgotten nowadays.
The problem of nazism in our country is acute, as many young people, who claim to be patriots, are agressive to immigrants from China and ex- USSR countries such as Tadzhikistan and Azerbaidzhan. Those immigrants seek so-called shit jobs and are paid times less than any russian would claim. So there's an acute problem of illegal immigration in our country, but it must be solved economicaly and by introduction of Federal laws.
However I believe those "russian patriots" are little concerned about this problem. Their victims are mainly russian people whom they (often by mistake) take for antifascists, people of outstanding appearance, or students with non-russian appearance , who walk alone. What makes things worse, is that our corrupt government obviously backs them up. There are many incidents of fascist attacks on innocent people, but few are delivered to justice. Antifascists are badgered, arrested and suited for extremism. No scrupulous investigation is carried out when nazis kill an antifascist . This situation is painful and arouses the utmost indignation. That's why most of russian hardcore bands support antifascism (though still most of them don't claim they are strongly antifascist). These are the strongest voices among them.
The group which I should mention first and one of first voices against nazism in Russia is Sandinista! (hardcore, neocrust, screamo). Their piercing screams apprehended the tragedy that happened to one of the members - Timur Kacharava. He was a vegan and FNB activist and was killed by nazis in November 2005. The place is still decorated with flowers.
What We Feel is the most famous hardcore antifascist group in Russia. The group had been around since 2005, musicians are vegan sXe by views. The band went on extensive touring through Europe visiting France, Germany (twice).
"We hold on to quite open views on life and politics - and have no tolerance of the murderers and dirty fuckers, who take refuge in "patriotism" and "providing a future for Russia" and are sheer criminals backed up by the authorities."
They despise "apolitical" people, who, according to their words, are too coward to be openly on either side, going to shows and at the same time making friends with boneheads. The group unfortunately split up this spring. They have tracks in English.
The next is their friends, rappers from Moscow Death Brigade
"It's us who are Russians, and you are mere nazi-sluts," shout their agressive rhymes. Music without compromise for those who use their own brains, true patriots of their country who want to make it better by conscious attitude. They are still around, I've been to their concert on 9 may. All of the ticket sales from the concert were donated to needy veterans of The Second World War. They have tracks in English.
Flawless Victory are a ray of light in the russian scene, a straight edge group with antifascist views. Their album "Young Hearts" was translated into English, so you can undestand the lyrics.
Во весь голос (Vo Ves Golos) is a hardcore-punk band with anarchist views.Their lyrics are about the way army cripples a man, about average people (a man in the street) and animal rights.
The russian scene is ever changing and developing, activists maintain contacts with other world's antifascist communities. More and more young people open their eyes and switch on their brains, and that's the main goal of hardcore music.