Poklonskaya Bans “KaZantip” in Crimea

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

5th March, 2016


The famous music festival “KaZantip”, and its successor “Befooz”, will not take place in Crimea anymore. This decision was made by the Prosecutor of the Republic Natalia Poklonskaya at the meeting on combating drug-related crimes.

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“It is a matter of national security — said Poklonskaya to “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”. “The health of the young generation should be free from addictions, first and foremost. The government is not against the various youth events, but all must be within the law. “Kazantip”, “Befooz” and their derivatives have shown an unambiguous image”.

Poklonskaya stressed the need to fight the attempts at drug distribution in places of leisure, and proposed to initiate the issue of liability of legal persons on sites that systematically use drugs.

As was noted by RIA Novosti, “Kazantip” is one of the largest festivals of electronic music on the territory of the former USSR. It has been held in Crimea in the late summer since the mid 90’s. The authorities had already banned it on the West coast of the Crimea in the summer of 2015 because of numerous violations.

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