Belarus: Bans cultivate opposition, says musician



“Bans cultivate opposition”, says musician 

In a three year period, musician Ljavon Volski and his rock band N.R.M. – The Independent Republic of Dream – were deprived of the possibility to give concerts and blacklisted in national radio and tv. In an interview he was asked if it is true that bans stimulate development of rock music.

“On the one hand, barriers release healthy adrenaline in musicians’ blood. As concerts in Belarus were often thwarted, we were invited to Europe more often. On the other hand, you get tired to fight for dozens of years for the same elementary thing. One simply wants to work in a civilized way,” Ljavon Volski told journalist of Trud-Belarus, Kastus Lashkevich.

Ljavon Volski is known as one of the most charismatic and significant personalities in Belarusian culture, according to Kastus Lashkevich who writes: “It is impossible to imagine the Belarusian rock and modern Belarusian music in general without band created by him, Mroya, N.R.M. and Krambambulya.”

Ljavon Volski explained:
“You know, I do not understand the logics of officials. There are many of inadequate, crusty persons among them. They took a tight grip on their armchairs; they want to play safe and try to ban every “suspicious” event. But they do not understand that by these stupid prohibitions they breed new opposition. I have asked in one of the offices why a concert of N.R.M. is anti-State? Is it because of white-red-white flags in the crowd and slogans “Long live Belarus?” And they answered: “It’s not serious at all”.”


Charter ’97 – 28 January 2008:
Lyavon Volski: ‘Bans cultivate opposition’

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