A Russian communist organization urged on Tuesday the arrest of British singer Sting over his “public promotion of drugs.”
Sting, 58, played St. Petersburg on September 13 and is due to perform in Moscow on Wednesday.
“In April 2010, Mister Sting publically called for “the worldwide legalization of marijuana,” the Communists of Petersburg and the Leningrad Region, a separate organization from the much larger Communist Party, said in a statement.
“Not only communists, but everyone in favor of a healthy way of life, the strengthening of our nation’s culture and tradition must understand that such a figure , however talented screaming teens may consider him, can not appear on stage in the Russian Federation,” the group said.
It also claimed the failure of the police to detain Sting as a “leading” proponent of drug use in St. Petersburg was an example of “double standards, negligence and rotten liberalism.” The statement went on to call for the dismissal of St. Petersburg’s cultural authorities, and accused them of “pushing our children toward the hell of degeneration,” by allowing Sting to perform.
Sting has yet to comment.
The group earlier made headlines in Russia by criticizing football star Andrei Arshavin for "displaying for sale his body for many months in front of covetous Western clubs." It also accused the most recent Bond girl, Ukrainian Olga Kurylenko, of a "moral and intellectual betrayal" in starring in a movie about the "enemy of the Soviet people.”