Russian pianist is jailed for playing ‘Nazi’ Ukrainian anthem

Russian pianist is jailed for playing ‘Nazi’ Ukrainian anthem


norman lebrecht

May 22, 2022

A musician identified as Vladimir Fofanov has been jailed for 14 days in the Siberian town of Tyumen after playing the national anthem of Ukraine on a street piano.

The court found him guilty of ‘Nazi propaganda’ and of posting his performance on the internet.

He was further accused of shouting ‘far-right slogans’ though no such demonstration is seen on his video.



  • Roland says:

    Well, what do you expect from a mafia state controlled by people who are educated by the former Soviet Secret Service and have now turned to Gangsters and terrorists? Putin, Lawrow, Medwedew are just the top of the rat pack; Putin’s pet dog from Belarus is in the same league of ‚lupenreine Demokraten‘ (pure democrats) – as German ex-chancellor and best friend of Putin once has said.

    • Andrew says:

      Well, what do you expect from Khazarian Mafia trolls who are stupid enough to post their propaganda stunt online whilst actually INSIDE the Russian Federation? Enjoy your trip to jail, Vlad.

      • Hugo Preuß says:

        How insightful, with copious amounts of empathy for those who resist dictators and injustice. Yes, they are all soo stoopid. Take that, Graf Stauffenberg and Sophie Scholl, Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Navalny and Fofanov!

      • Merrill R says:

        Did you know that Russia has real Nazi’s fighting for them in Ukraine. The Russian Imperialist Movement (RIM), a white supremacist paramilitary organization is a terrorist group, and the Wagner Group, a private military proxy closely linked to Putin with a history of neo-Nazi activity. Russian troops arriving in Donbas have been recorded flying the RIM flag—a combination of historical Russian flags from its imperial era—while Wagner Group’s mercenaries have been sighted in Donetsk and elsewhere; notably, German intelligence has connected them to the atrocities in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha… These mercenaries, separatists are the Nazi’s that you speak of.

  • geography of RF says:

    Tyumen is not in Siberia.
    Like Chelyabinsk it’s considered to be in URAL.
    Anyone with any knowledge of RZD would tell you that.

    • M2N2K says:

      You are badly mistaken. While Chelyabinsk (Челябинск) can indeed be considered as part of Ural (Урал), the city of Tyumen (Тюмень) is definitely located in the southern part of Western Siberia (в южной части Западной Сибири). Those with REAL knowledge of geography know this well.