The refusal by soprano Karita Mattila to sing with conductor Valery Gergiev for supporting the annexation of Crimea has drawn an appalling response from an MEP candidate of the anti-EU Independence Party, a man by the name of Jon Hellevig.
In a post on Mattila’s Facebook page on Sunday, Hellevig wrote that the singer misunderstood the policies of Vladimir Putin, was a Nazi at heart and deserved to be raped. There was an outcry in Finnish media.
The post was taken down after legal pressure. Mr Hellevig was subsequently expelled from the party.