Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Russia, Ukraine Prosecute US Musician for Flag Desecration

A US musician who apparently desecrated the Ukrainian flag has been banned from entering the country for five years, the Ukrainian Security Service reported. The ban followed an incident  in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, when US rock group Bloodhound Gang’s bassist Jared Hasselhoff allegedly urinated on a Ukrainian flag. The next day, the bass player also apparently desecrated a Russian flag. Ukrainian authorities have opened criminal cases over both incidents and are investigating them. Russian authorities subsequently canceled the band’s scheduled appearance at the Kubana rock festival. The band, who arrived in Russia by then, reportedly left the country soon afterward. Russia’s Interior Ministry said Monday it had opened a criminal case over the Russian flag desecration.

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