A member of the European Parliament from the "Greens" Rebecca Harms criticized the German electronic music band Scooter, who plan to perform at the ZBFest festival in the annexed Crimea on August 4, DW reports.
In a commentary to the German newspaper Bild, Harms said that in this way the musicians "take Putin's side."
“Musicians should know that artists and human rights activists from the Crimea are sentenced to dozens of years in prison in Siberia. Their performance will serve as a distraction from the terrible violations of human rights in the Crimea.”
Scooter frontman H. P. Baxter commented the matter to the news agency dpa:
"We regard this as a purely musical event, we are playing for our fans ... We do not want to be used politically and will not allow this.”
Also on the ZBFest website indicated that the festival will be held on 4 and 5 August in Balaklava. The organizer is the company "Zolotaya Balka". The performance of the German group is scheduled for August 4.
According to the newspaper Bild, Scooter is considering the possibility of playing a solo concert in Kyiv. Whether it will be held, is yet unknown.
Reference: Since the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, the Security Service of Ukraine keeps records and prohibits entry to Ukraine to artists performing in the occupied peninsula.
Earlier, QHA reported that in the summer of 2017, Scooter plans to perform in the Russian-occupied Crimea. The Russian lawyer Mark Feigin drew attention to the poster of the festival.