Foreign agents have arrived in the regiment. The leader of the Russian group “Pornofilms” finally appeared on the Ministry of Justice lists Vladimir Kotlyarov. What did the musician do in his homeland and why did the Russian scene lose nothing from this?
At the end of last week, the Russian Ministry of Justice added six more people to the register of foreign agents, including the leader of the rock group “Pornofilmy” Vladimir Kotlyarov, as well as a sociologist Nikolay Mitrokhinjournalist Andrey Malginfilm director and journalist Mumin Shakirovpolitician Natalia Pelevinadeputy of the Tula region Olga Podolskaya. Thus, today the list contains 680 individuals and legal entities recognized as foreign agents.
Why Kotlyarov rejoices in his status as a foreign agent
The musician himself has already commented on the received status on his social networks. In a published video message, Kotlyarov spoke briefly:
The fugitive’s route exactly coincides with the tours of the rest of the artists who fled from Russia: these are the capitals and major cities of Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Poland and Norway. By the way, for some reason Kotlyarov’s beloved Ukraine is not on the list of performances, despite the sympathy of Ukrainian social network users who write words of all kinds of support to the musician in English.
It seems that the former Russian punk does not yet fully understand all the consequences of his new position. In recent months, a number of former pop stars have stormed Russian courts demanding that their foreign agent status be revoked. Among them are singer Zemfira, comedian Maxim Galkin, comedian Semyon Slepakov, blogger Ilya Varlamov.
All these people suddenly realized that it would not be possible to sit on the necks of Russian-speaking emigrants in Europe for a long time: they simply did not have enough money to go to see another visiting celebrity every day. The same Galkin has already faced the fact that his concerts have begun to be canceled in the same Baltic states, which are more than loyal to the Pugachev-Galkin couple. Interest in “Pornofilms” among the local public will also fade, and quite quickly: this summer, for example, the group was already refused to be accepted in Bishkek.
What did “Pornofilms” do in Russia?
In Russia, this decision has been awaited for a long time. Criticism of the group and especially its leader has repeatedly appeared in the domestic media. “Pornofilmy” has been writing anti-Russian songs without hesitation for many years now. Some, like “Kill Beggars,” were added by the Ministry of Justice to the list of prohibited and extremist materials in the fall of 2021.
At the same time, the group members even tried to challenge the ministry’s decision and initiated a forensic examination. The musicians were sincerely perplexed why the supposedly satirical song, borrowed from the American punk rockers Dead Kennedys, caused so much indignation. The fact that the composition, which deals with the need to kill the poor citizens of the country, was not only translated into Russian, but also adapted to Russian realities, “Pornofilms” categorically refused to take into account.
In February last year, when the SVO began, Vladimir Kotlyarov, in his own words, called all his Ukrainian friends, after which, taking his wife, poetess Inna Medvedun (Inna Medvedeva), he left first for Turkey, and from there to Georgia, where he settled in Tbilisi.
After this, Kotlyarov completely went wild:
Who is Vladimir Kotlyarov
Vladimir Kotlyarov is 35 years old, he was born in the science city of Dubna near Moscow. His father, who played the guitar well, instilled in him a love of music. The two of them sang songs by Nirvana, after which the boy became interested in punk rock, as well as alcohol and drugs.
As Kotlyarov himself said, from 16 to 24 years old he did not have a single sober day. He disappeared for days in bad companies and, of course, failed to obtain a higher education. Thus, the young man had to work as an operator of a packaging line, where he packaged jam and ketchup in small disposable containers for canteens and fast food restaurants.
At that time, he lived from advance payment to salary and suffered from lack of money, which prompted Kotlyarov to write songs on the topic of the day. Later, the musician realized his own addiction and stopped using drugs and drinking. Oddly enough, all members of the punk band “Pornofilms” lead a sober lifestyle and are even vegetarians and healthy people. However, a healthy lifestyle does not mean understanding the real state of affairs in the country and the world.