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Conservative activists force Russian rock festival to move

Riga, Latvia.
Riga, Latvia. Image by Guillaume Speurt / CC BY-SA 2.0

One of the most popular rock festivals in Russia has been forced to relocate to Rīga, Latvia, this year after officials in the Kaliningrad region said they “would be unable to protect concertgoers from conservative activists”. There has been mounting opposition to the Kubana festival in recent years and one local Orthodox Church leader recently voiced his disgust at the event’s ‘complete degradation’ and ‘blatant immorality’. Festival organisers say the change of location shouldn’t affect the event’s target audience as many already travel to attend. Kubana will now take place from 6-9 August on Rīga’s Lucasvala Island. Read more: themoscowtimes.com