The organizers announced the cancellation of concerts in Kazakhstan by the KVN team “Kamyzyaki”, which includes Russian comedians Azamat Musagaliev and Denis Dorokhov. Radio Azattyk reports this.
Musagaliev, who is of Kazakh origin, and Dorokhov recently performed at a concert in the Russian-occupied part of the Donetsk region of Ukraine.
The concert took place at the Saur-Mogila memorial. “This is our first time here. This place is very impressive, it touches the soul. We also learned many stories associated with this place. When they were told, there were goosebumps,” Dorokhov said in an interview with the local TV channel Oplot TV. The comedian added that he talked with Russian soldiers who are fighting in Ukraine, and they seemed to him “sincere people.” In turn, Musagaliev wished the residents of the Donetsk region, which the Russian authorities call the “DPR,” “peaceful skies above their heads, health and smiles of loved ones.”
In the Kazakh segment of social networks, users have been calling for the cancellation of concerts by Musagaliev and the KVN team “Kamyzyaki” since the beginning of the week. Comedian concerts were to be held in Astana and Almaty.
“In view of the resonant negative feedback from the public on the sensational public actions of the artists of the Kamyzyaki group, the organizing team decided to cancel the entire tour of solo concerts of the Kamyzyaki team throughout Kazakhstan,” the event agency Vi Project said in a message on Instagram.
The day before, reports appeared that local operators had stopped selling tickets to Kamyzyak performances.
As Radio Azattyk notes, in July this year, Kazakh officials canceled a concert by Russian performer Grigory Leps amid outrage over his support for the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Leps is on the EU sanctions list. After the start of the Russian full-scale offensive in February, concerts of several more Russian stars were canceled in Kazakhstan. The reason for this was the indignation of residents over the pro-Kremlin views of the stars and speeches at events in support of the war. At the same time, the concert of showman Maxim Galkin, who opposes the war, was also cancelled. Galkin said that the authorities had achieved this. The Kazakh authorities, however, deny this and claim that the concerts can take place later, and no one is interfering with their holding.