‘Schokk’ musician says he would be persecuted in Germany for being pro-Russian
A German rapper known by the stage name Schokk applied for political asylum in Russia on Monday. In a social media post, Dmitry Hinter said he was at risk of persecution because of his public support for Russia’s special operation in Ukraine, with a “show trial” and a possible prison sentence preventing him from returning to Germany.
“I ask for political asylum” posted the rapper, in Russian, on his Telegram channel. “As a German citizen, I can no longer go back” after Germany allegedly opened a criminal investigation against him for his “pro-Russian public position” and support for the military operation, he explained.
“I publicly supported Russia in 2014 and it cost me my career. Today I am threatened with a prison sentence and, I am convinced, a show trial in the German media », Hinter added.
Costs “sanctioning war crimes” were filed after BBC Russian Service editors Meduza and Mediazona – named as foreign agents in Russia – ” missed “ to Saxony police, Hinter told the Mash outlet.
I can’t go back, they’re going to arrest me, they’re going to put me in jail.
Although he lives in Germany, Schokk raps in Russian and is a major star on the Russian music scene. He took the stage name Schokk early in his “rap battle” career in 2007. He also has a “post punk” identity as Dima Bamberg, the name he has been releasing music under since 2018.
Prior to the 2014 coup in kyiv and the resulting unrest in Ukraine, Schokk frequently collaborated with fellow Russian rapper Oxxxymiron, real name Miron Fyodorov. While Hinter spoke out in favor of Russia when hostilities escalated in February this year, Fyodorov denounced Russia and organized benefit concerts for Ukraine. Last month, Russian authorities appointed Oxxxymiron as a foreign agent broadcasting “extremist content”.
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