Russian Communists Demand Ban of 'Anti-Russian' Singers From TV

They target Russian and Ukrainian acts not supporting the Kremlin's policies in Ukraine

Russian communists have demanded that "anti-Russian" artists be banned from Russian TV networks, referring mostly to Ukrainian and Russian nationals who disagree with the Kremlin's policy on Ukraine and Crimea.

Communist parliament members have sent an address to heads of major Russian TV stations, calling on them to make sure that Russian and Ukrainian artists who have supported Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko rather than Russian official position be banned from appearing on the air of their stations.

The communists did not publicly name the names of the artists they were referring to, but the Russian newspaper Izvestiya reported, citing its sources, that Russian rock musicians Andrei Makarevich and Noize MC, as well as Ukrainian singer Anastasiya Prikhodko, are on the list.

Makarevich, frontman of the band Mashina Vremeni, took a political stance for many years until several months ago, when he spoke up against Russia's annexation of Crimea. That immediately led to a smear campaign in the media, cancellation of some of his shows in several Russian cities and calls for stripping Makarevich of his government awards.

Noize MC and Prikhodko, who, incidentally, represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009, are also known for their position on Crimea differing from that of the Kremlin.

Meanwhile, last week, a group of youths tried to disrupt a show by Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak in Kiev, accusing her of pro-Russian sympathies.