Russian rapper Noize MC jailed for mocking police
- 3 August 2010
- From the section Europe
One of Russia's most infamous rappers has been sentenced to 10 days in jail for mocking police.
Ivan Alexeyev, aka Noize MC, taunted police as "animals" at a concert in the southern city of Volgograd on 31 July.
His song Kuri Bambuk includes the lyrics: "Citizen! Halt. Halt. Turn out your pockets, slap, slap. Now your kidneys, kick, kick. Well off you go. Forget it, swallow it, be silent."
"They [the police] did not like this song," a spokesman for the rapper said.
According to BBCRussian.com, the trouble began during Noize MC's live show, when the drummer approached the audience and invited them to throw coins into a cap.
When a police officer asked the band to stop begging, Noize MC responded by performing Kuri Bambuk, a song about police brutality.
After the concert, the 25-year-old performer was approached by police and taken into custody, where he was held for 48 hours. On Monday a court found him guilty of disorderly conduct and sentenced him to 10 days in prison.
Noize MC is renowned for his provocative lyrics. His most famous song, Restore Justice (Mercedes S-666) is based on a road accident involving Anatoly Barkov, vice-president of Russia's oil giant Lukoil.
Two women were killed when their car collided head-on with Mr Barkov's Mercedes in Moscow in February. Mr Barkov has denied that he or his driver were at fault.