Behemoth Held Overnight, Then Booted From Russia

Russian officials detain band; judge orders their deportment

Behemoth being detained in RussiaBehemoth being detained in Russia

Behemoth being detained in Russia

Behemoth were detained in Yekaterinburg, Russia, yesterday, allegedly for violating the country’s visa policy.

This led to the band’s concert being canceled and the members of the band spent the night in jail.

Now, according to news report at ZNAK, a Russian judge has ordered the deportment of Behemoth.

Says Nergal of the band’s overnight accommodations:

“It was a very small room on a half meter. On the walls were smeared with feces. At night, we asked [to be] taken to the toilet, but we were somehow denied. Had to go in plastic bottles.”

Regarding claims they were using the wrong visas, Nergal said:

“We have received a visa at the Russian consulate in Warsaw. When we asked how [to prepare] the paperwork, we were told that it was necessary to make a business visa. We did everything we were told. Now it turned out that it was necessary to do some ‘humanitarian’ visa, not a business.”

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