Musicians caught up in politics during Moscow free election protests
30 August 2019 | 3:48 pm
As local bands recently performed at an opposition rally in Moscow, other pop stars were simultaneously invited by the government to play at 'spoiler' festivals that some say aim to distract the public from politics.
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