Russia celebrity party – level 3

03-01-2024 07:00

A celebrity party, where attendees, including a rapper wearing only a sock, sparked an official backlash in Russia amid the ongoing war with Ukraine and a conservative social agenda.

The rapper received a 15-day jail term, sponsors severed contracts, and even President Putin expressed discontent. The event termed ‘almost naked’ triggered swift condemnation from authorities, soldiers in Ukraine, and Putin himself. High-profile figures, associated with state TV entertainment, faced severe consequences, including contract cancellations and legal actions. Blogger Anastasia Ivleeva, the party organizer, apologized twice after displaying a valuable chain, facing a tax investigation and a lawsuit for moral suffering.

The scandal coincides with Putin’s emphasis on social conservatism, encouraging larger families and restricting LGBT activists. The incident outraged those supporting the war, leading to public condemnation and calls for accountability.

Difficult words: backlash (a strong negative reaction), severe (ended abruptly), condemnation (expressing very strong disapproval).

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