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FILE PHOTO: Russian Top Minister Vladimir Putin (L) talks to rapper Timati all over a gathering together with his supporters in Moscow March five, 2012. REUTERS/Alexsey Druginyn/RIA Novosti/Pool
By means of Tom Balmforth
MOSCOW (Reuters) – A distinguished pro-Kremlin rapper on Tuesday took down a brand new track video praising Moscow’s mayor and disparaging the opposition after it used to be panned as one of the crucial unpopular clips ever to be posted at the Russian phase of YouTube.
The track video entitled ‘Moscow’ used to be printed by way of rappers Timati and Guf an afternoon sooner than a municipal election within the Russian capital on Sunday that have been preceded by way of the most important anti-Kremlin protests in virtually a decade.
Tens of 1000’s took to the streets over the summer time to call for unfastened elections after a slew of opposition-minded applicants had been barred from contesting seats within the Moscow town legislature.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin’s allies within the ruling United Russia celebration misplaced a 3rd in their seats within the town election, even supposing they held onto their majority.
The monitor by way of Timati, aired at the eve of the vote, contained lyrics corresponding to “I don’t pass to protests and communicate bullshit” and “I’ll neck a hamburger to the well being of (mayor) Sobyanin”.
The track video, which featured aerial pictures of Moscow’s vacationer websites, additionally described the Russian capital as a “town that doesn’t grasp homosexual parades”.
By means of overdue Monday afternoon, the video have been watched by way of three.1 million folks, greater than one million of whom mentioned that they had “disliked” the video.
The Kommersant day by day newspaper and different Russian publications mentioned that used to be the most important selection of dislikes ever registered for a video posted at the Russian phase of YouTube.
Russians commenting on Timati’s web page at the Instagram social community accused the rappers of getting been paid by way of the federal government to make the clip, an allegation denied by way of each Timati and Guf.
Timati, one among Russia’s most renowned rappers, is understood for his enhance of the Kremlin and in 2015 launched a monitor containing the lyrics “President Putin is my highest buddy”.
Timati mentioned he had now not sought after to offend any person with the track video and introduced within the early hours of Tuesday that he used to be taking it down.
“I for sure don’t want this shitstorm, so pricey pals: I’m deleting this video in order to not extend this wave of negativity,” Timati wrote on Instagram.
In a separate video publish, rapper Guf apologized for the clip, announcing he had now not even identified there used to be an upcoming election.