3 August 2013, 18:54

Cossacks attack Bloodhound Gang at Anapa airport - photo reporter

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The US Bloodhound Gang has been attacked by unknown persons who identified themselves as Cossacks at the Anapa airport, the Ekho Moskvy radio station quoted Komsomolskaya Pravda photo reporter Nikolai Khizhnyak.

"The musicians were sitting in the airport lounge when two or five Cossacks arrived; they had an argument and the Cossacks tried to smother the band's bassist with the US flag. The police had to interfere and set them apart. The musicians tried to escape into the VIP zone bypassing control but the airport staff stopped them and the police took them under protection. The musicians are staying in the VIP zone now," the radio quoted Khizhnyak.

He said no one was detained.

"The Cossacks appeared suddenly and made a sudden departure," the photo reporter said.

He also said the musicians were waiting for their flight to Moscow.

Meanwhile Russian Interior Ministry claimed that Bloodhound Gang musician's questioning material passed to prosecutors.

The Krasnodar territorial police have referred to prosecutors the material of questioning of the Bloodhound Gang musician suspected of the defiling of the Russian flag.

"The Anapa police questioned the musician and handed over the material to prosecutors, who will make a procedural decision," a Russian Interior Ministry spokesman said. 

Earlier the Russian Investigative Committee said it is ready to probe the defiling of the Russian flag by Bloodhound Gang in the case it receives such directives from prosecutors.

"If prosecutors instruct the Russian Investigative Committee to start an inquiry into this cynical crime we will do our best to identity and bring to court every involved person, from perpetrators to masterminds," Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said on Saturday.

"Apparently, a crime defined by Article 329 of the Russian Criminal Code, the defiling of the Russian state flag, has been committed and this is a premeditated offense," Markin said.

"However, such criminal cases can be opened and investigated by investigative bodies of the Interior Ministry," the spokesman said.

He said he was hopeful of "assistance from Ukrainian colleagues" if the case was referred to the Investigative Committee.

Some media reported earlier that a Bloodhound Gang bassist performed a stunt at a concert in Odessa that was perceived as the defiling of a Russian flag.

Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said on Twitter late on Friday that the Bloodhound Gang's planned performance at a festival in the Krasnodar territory had been canceled following the incident.

"Talked to Krasnodar territory leadership. Bloodhound Gang packing suitcases. These idiots won't perform in Kuban [Krasnodar territory]," Medinsky said.

Bloodhound Gang bassist 'Evil' Jared Hasselhoff later apologized for the incident.

Speaking at a press conference, Hasselhoff said it was a pure coincidence that a Russian flag appeared onstage.

At the end of the show, the bassist wished to give it to the audience but did it in a weird way.

A video available on YouTube shows Hasselhoff tucking the Russian white-blue-red tricolor into the front of his pants and then pulling it out of the back before throwing it to the crowd.

He explained the stunt by a tradition existing in the band, according to which anything going from the stage at their concerns is supposed to pass through the bassist's pants.

Krasnodar region Governor Alexander Tkachyov has suggested that any performances of the US rock band Bloodhound Gang in Russia should be canceled following a recent incident in Odessa involving what he sees as the defiling of a Russian flag.

"I hope anyone related to the organization of concerts of these Americans in our country will declare a lifelong boycott to them. Such things can't be forgiven," Tkachyov said on Twitter on Saturday.

"Everyone has taken this disgusting act as a personal insult," Tkachyov said.

"It is good that even those who have arrived at Kubana [a rock festival in the Krasnodar region] only to hear this group have booed the bastards. Our patriotism is higher than our musical preferences," he said.

Group Bloodhound Gang desecrates Russian flag, banned from Kuban

A concert that was supposed to be given by the American rock band Bloodhound Gang at a festival in the Kuban Region will not be taking place after an incident involving the Russian flag in Odessa, wrote Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky on his Twitter microblog.

The matter has been discussed by the administration of the Krasnodar region.

"The rock band Bloodhound Gang are packing their bags. These idiots will not be performing in Kuban" wrote Medinsky.

During a concert in Odessa bass player Jared Hasselhoff desecrated a Russian flag by shoving it inside his pants and then threw it into the crowd.

The group was supposed to perform at the festival "Kubana" which opened on Thursday in the village of Blagoveshenskaya "The Annunciation" on the coast of the Black Sea.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA, Interfax

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