Home Page
 
News 23 Apr 15

Banned Russian Rally Shifts to Montenegro

The annual political-artistic rally called Monstratsiya - traditionally held every May Day in Siberia - is moving this year to Montenegro after being banned in Russia.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN
Podgorica

A performance art rally held annually in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk in Russia is set to take place in the Montenegrin town of Budva this May Day, after authorities in the Russian city said the event could not go ahead in its usual location.

For ten years, Novsibirsk has hosted the Monstratsiya, a mass absurdist performance  combining political statements with art.

Russian media reports on Wednesday said the mayor of Novosibirsk had sent a letter to organisers, informing them that the central Krasny Prospekt — where Monstratsiya has traditionally been held — was unavailable his year because another event was planned there.

Activists hoping to organise the Monstratsiya rally in other cities in Russia reported the same reaction from local authorities, the orgnizers said.

"There is a lot of interest in developing art, in satisfying the public's need for cultural events in Montenegro - a steady flow of tourists is already in place,” said Artyom Loskutov, one of Monstratsiya’s original organisers, on the decision to move the rally to Montenegro.

Since it started in 2004,  Monstratsiya's organisers have consistently been at odds with the authorities in Russia. Friction intensified after last year's attempt to organise a “March for the Federalisation of Siberia”, which was immediately banned by authorities. In February, Loskutov had to leave the town.



Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Related Headlines:

un-criticizes-the-state-of-human-rights-in-serbia-03-29-2017
29 Mar 17

UN Rights Committee Takes Serbia to Task

The latest report from the UN Human Rights Committee criticizes the state of human rights in Serbia, focusing on poor levels of media freedom and high levels of hate crimes.

29 Mar 17

Europe Must Play a Key Role in the Balkans

28 Mar 17

US Senate Approves Montenegro as NATO Member

Premium Selection

epp-cannot-police-its-balkan-members-daul-says-03-28-2017
29 Mar 17

EPP Cannot ‘Police’ its Balkan Members, Daul Says

As Balkan members of the same centre-right bloc in the European Parliament feud openly with other, EPP leader Joseph Daul says the bloc cannot ‘point fingers’ but does its best to find compromises.

serbia-s-new-president-who-will-it-be--03-26-2017
28 Mar 17

Serbia’s New President: Who Will It Be?

Eleven men are competing to become Serbia’s head of state, promising higher living standards, life without fear and an end to party employment - but whether something will really change remains to be seen.