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14 Jun 17

Russian Band Turns Serbia's Kosovo 'Tragedy' Into Song

Russian heavy metal band Kipelov, well known for its ardent Russian nationalism, has come up with a song about Serbia's 'tragedy' in Kosovo.

Maja Zivanovic
BIRN Belgrade

Kipelov band. Photo: kipelov.ru

Russian heavy metal band Kipelov and its frontman, Valery Kipelov, have come up with a song about Serbia's loss of the former province of Kosovo, dwelling on the historic Battle of Kosovo in 1389 [between a Serbian prince and the Ottomans] and NATO's bombing of Serbia in the 1990s - which led to Kosovo's independence.

“I was struck by the theme of the tragedy of the Slav nation. It is interesting that this is an experiment: earlier, the music would come first, but this time the lyrics came first,” Kipelov wrote on the band's YouTube channel.

The writer of the lyrics, Margarita Pushkina, said that “world history is a great manipulator that plays with our imagination.

“Words about Serbia's national tragedy are put together in the text of the poem,” Pushkina wrote on Kipelov’s YouTube channel.

Kipelov is a Russian musician and head of the heavy metal band of the same name. An ardent nationalist, he supported Russia's annexation of Crimea, and has performed at music festivals celebrating that event in Crimea.

In the comments section following the song about Kosovo, some written in Serbian thank “their brothers” the Russians.

Russia and Serbia have historically warm relations based on Slavic ethnic ties and common membership of the Orthodox Church.

Most Serbs perceive Moscow as one of their biggest allies, especially in the battle to prevent international recognition of the independence of the former province of Kosovo, which is mainly inhabited by Muslim Albanians.

Russia strongly condemned NATO intervention in Serbia and Kosovo in the late 1990s and Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008.

It has since voted against the membership of Kosovo in international institutions in line with Belgrade’s wishes.

In turn, Serbia has refused to join Western sanctions on Russia for its perceived role in fomenting the conflict in Ukraine, despite calls from Brussels stating that Serbia – as an EU candidate country – needs to align its foreign policy with that of the union.

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