What any bans in Russia are really worth was demonstrated by rapper Basta very well yesterday, to whom, despite the pandemic, the authorities of St. Petersburg were allowed to hold a concert that attracted a huge number of fans. Meanwhile, on the streets of Russian cities and in public transport, the police are raging, rudely detaining and fineing passers-by without masks or gloves. What does it mean?
Petersburg blogger Konstantin Boguslavsky published a photo from Basta's concert with the following comment:
“This is a photo from Basta's concert at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg. Exactly on the same day, the police raided restaurants on Rubinstein Street: what if in some institution four or five people sitting at a table lingered after 11 pm and exposed themselves and others to the danger of coronavirus infection.
As many people know, I run a cinema. Now I have no right to sell more than 50% of the seats in the hall. From December 1, this figure will become 25%. I have closed all food outlets by order of the governor. We even have a cinema bar with popcorn and cola closed - this is what gives cinemas a third of all revenue. That is, three people queuing at my bar is impossible, and Basta's concert for 11,000 people with a dance floor and without masks is ok.
It is clear that laws in our country either do not work or are not enforced, and the authorities give a shit about business if this is not Sechin's business, but at least you don’t speculate on people's health..."
It is clear that this post caused a storm of outrage:
- Well, this is a well-known business. Going out into the streets without a QR code - they twist their flippers to the department, because a pandemic, you can't get ready. Parades and popular vote - OK, the virus has cleared for this time...
- Well, Basta speaks in the Kremlin Palace and at the pre-election campaign too, so he can.
- I think the point is this: who earns and who gets kicked out of such events. The money here is crazy from one concert, not at all like at the box office of a cinema or restaurant. It's a sin to lose such profits. This is just my guess.
- For me - so wild. All football matches in Europe take place with empty stands starting in August. Precisely - a feast during the plague...