MOSCOW (Reuters) – A prominent pro-Kremlin rapper on Tuesday took down a new music video praising Moscow’s mayor and disparaging the opposition after it was panned as one of the most unpopular clips ever to be posted on the Russian segment of YouTube.
The music video entitled ‘Moscow’ was published by rappers Timati and Guf a day before a municipal election in the Russian capital on Sunday that had been preceded by the biggest anti-Kremlin protests in almost a decade.
Tens - Thousands - Streets - Summer - Elections
Tens of thousands took to the streets over the summer to demand free elections after a slew of opposition-minded candidates were barred from contesting seats in the Moscow city legislature.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s allies in the ruling United Russia party lost a third of their seats in the city election, although they held onto their majority.
Track - Timati - Eve - Vote - Lyrics
The track by Timati, aired on the eve of the vote, contained lyrics such as “I don’t go to protests and talk bullshit” and “I’ll neck a hamburger to the health of (mayor) Sobyanin”.
The music video, which featured aerial shots of Moscow’s tourist sites, also described the Russian capital as a “city that...
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