Polish metal band Behemoth have been ordered to leave Russia after being detained before a concert. They have also been fined.
Singer Adam "Nergal" Darski has revealed that he and seven members of the band's entourage were detained in the city of Yekaterinburg. They were told that they did not have the required work visas.
A judge has reportedly fined each of the band members 2,000 roubles (€300) and ordered them to leave Russia. Apparently, this is the minimal fine possible, and the band members feel they could have been judged much more harshly, given the hard labour sentence which some protesting acts have received.
Behemoth did get to play four out of their scheduled thirteen concerts in Russia, until the sudden stop to their gallop at Yekaterinburg. "Now we want to get some rest after a sleepless night and return home as quickly as possible," declared Darski.
"We were detained by immigration services under the pretext of bad visas," the Behemoth front-man posted on Facebook.. "When I said I do not move from the club without the presence of someone from the Polish Embassy, they threatened us with force.
"They took us in a bus, in the company of about 10 officers, to the Federal Migration Service. We tried [by phone] to reach to the Polish Consulate in Yekaterinburg – but no one picks up."
The band released their tenth album, The Satanist, in January 2014, which The Guardian newspaper described as a "flawless paean to free will and the human spirit." Aside from the wrath of Putin's judicial system, Behemoth has also fallen foul of various religious activist groups.