Husky's lawyer files complaint with ECHR regarding rapper’s arrest
In November 2018, the rapper was detained because for performing on the roof of someone’s car.
Alexey Avanesyan, who represents Dmitry Kuznetsov, also known as rapper Husky, filed a complaint with the European Human Rights Court against administrative arrest and pre-trial imprisonment. The lawyer expressed doubts about the objectivity of the Krasnodar court, of which he wrote on his Facebook page.
“The applicant is a popular rap singer, whose songs can be regarded as contradicting Russian policies in the field of popular culture and youth (based on two warnings issued by the Prosecutor’s Office dated 11/15/2018 and 11/21/2018). In this regard, the court cannot be considered independent and impartial, since its commitment, negative attitude to the singer’s work, desire to limit freedom of expression, discrimination against the musician, and, in fact, censoring creativity, which is unacceptable, are clearly visible,” the complaint reads.
On November 21, 2018, Husky was arrested in Krasnodar after a street performance in front of the fans. The artist sang from the roof of Anna Boyko's Subaru. The latter filed a statement to the police about damage to property. The next day, the court sentenced the artist to 12 days of administrative arrest, but on November 26 reversed the decision. Restaurateur Takhir Kholikberdiev repaid the damage done to Boyko’s car.