Famous performer Joseph Kobzon is continuing conditionally black list, paraded the Foreign Ministry of Latvia in respect of some of Russian artists, who are banned from entering the country.
Previously musician, by the way, who were among the objectionable, announced their attitude to the topic. Now Kobzon openly condemned colleagues on the scene, such as Grigory Leps and Laima Vaikule, which, he believes, pretend as if nothing happens.
Recall briefly the history that gave rise to the most actual international brawl. For two or three days before the start of the competition "New wave" of the Latvian foreign Ministry issued a statement, in which he pointed out that Oleg Gazmanov, Iosif Kobzon and artist Valery fell in the black list. To prevent these stars enter the country on a "New wave" has decided Minister of foreign Affairs of Latvia Edgars Rinkevich. It is connected with the situation in Ukraine. "This is a person who will represent the cultural sphere, in Latvia they are pretty widely known", - have declared Rinkevich. According to the politician, if these persons are already in Latvia, they have to leave the area of the Republic. "Show with arrests and involvement of the police for deportation of such persons in any case will not be", - he stressed.
This decision caused a storm of indignation among the people of Russia. Igor Krutoy, which is considered one of the initiators of the contest, even offered to boycott Jurmala and to arrange a festival in another place. Expressed themselves "Les Miserables": Oleg Gazmanov, Valeriya and Iosif Kobzon. Perhaps, the latter was more angry. First, he called the head of the Foreign Ministry of Latvia "moron". Further Kobzon lashed out with criticism on some of his own colleagues on the stage because they do not pay attention to the hype.
"That to me is not clear is the position of employees in our shop, which, it seems, did not pay attention, what happened and is happening. I will not list all the names... I Note only when difficulties arose, for example, Philip Kirkorov, Gregory Leps - we did not sit silently, we supported them and ourselves worried about the fate of data artists. We guarded Alexander Rosenbaum, helped Lima Vaikule... And they now pretend that nothing is happening. I didn't expect from them this composure," my master "Komsomolskaya Pravda".
However, Kobzon said, and those stars who supported him, and other performers from the black list: "I am grateful to Nikolai Baskov, who goes there, at the festival, in shirt with the portrait of those who are denied entrance in Latvia. Thanks to Leonid Agutin he responded quite hard at this lawlessness in social networks. With us showed solidarity and Vladimir Vinokur, and Valery Leontiev, and other".