A concert of the Russian rapper Vasily Vakulenko, known as Basta is taking place in Kyiv’s concert hall StereoPlaza on June 25. Thousands of people came to the concert, as the correspondent of Suspilne reports.
Activists who oppose the concerts of Russian performers in Ukraine also came to the entrance of the concert hall. They came up with posters that read "You support Basta - you finance the war," "Basta supports the occupation of Crimea."
Later, the nationalists threw smoke bombs at the entrance to the concert hall, where Basta will perform.
It is noted that at the entrance to the hall security with metal detectors checks the personal belongings of all who go to the concert.
Before that, on June 24, Ukrainian Security Service asked to ban Russian rapper Basta from entering Ukraine.
In particular, the reason is the shooting of Vakulenko in the film ‘Sneakers,’ where he plays a Russian soldier serving in the occupied Crimea.
As it was reported earlier, in 2017 Basta was blacklisted due to his concerts in the occupied Crimea in 2015. The entry ban was for a period of three years but in 2018 it was lifted. On May 4, 2021, the Russian rapper arrived in Ukraine. There was an incident in Kyiv, during which a man from the crowd began to loudly ask Basta questions about his political position. Basta's bodyguards tried to beat the unknown.