Deep Purple, Dmitry Medvedev’s favorite rock band, decided to return the autograph of the former Russian president “to protest his various statements after the invasion.
In response to the Russian offensive in Ukraine, ordered by President Vladimir Putin, the legendary English group released a statement titled “As a rule, Deep Purple is apolitical, but on this occasion…. “, in which he condemned “Putin’s army for the atrocities committed against innocent men, women and children in Ukraine.”
“I have just written to Dmitry Medvedev, former president and now head of the Russian Security Council, returning the autograph he gave me at the Deep Purple dinner at the Gorky Palace in March 2011, as a sign of protest against his various statements after the invasion.said the band’s keyboardist, Donald Airey.
He did not specify which particular statements he was referring to, but on February 26, two days after the start of the offensive in Ukraine, Medvedev said that the “military operation” would “completed in full” and would last until the results, sketched out by Putin, were achieved,”No more no less.”
The group shared some memories of performing at the Kharkov Opera “almost exactly 20 years agoand apologized to his Russian and Ukrainian fans for canceling scheduled shows.
“We live in hope that we can meet these dates in the future,said Deep Purple. The group went further, calling on Russians to protest the war and the leadership of the country.
“I would like to see Russians in the streets by the millions, to show their disgust at the Ukrainian invasion, and I would like to dream that very soon Russia can find a modern leadership that will bring them back to the world as friends . We have so much in commonsaid singer Ian Gillan.
In March 2011, before Deep Purple’s concert in Moscow, President Dmitry Medvedev, a self-proclaimed longtime fan of the group, invited the British rockers to his Gorky residence. He told his guests that when he started listening to them, he couldn’t imagine that one day he would be sitting with them at the same table.
The military attack on Ukraine declared objectives of “demilitarize” this country, protecting the people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and defending Russia’s own security, according to Moscow. The majority of Western countries condemned the war and responded to Russia’s actions by imposing severe sanctions. The list of foreign companies ceasing their activities in Russia also continues to grow.
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