Superstars Against A Superpower: Musicians Causing Controversy In Russia

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Even though the Iron Curtain has been down for more than 20 years, Russia is still facing opposition. But this time it’s coming from an unlikely force — popular musicians. Ok, it isn’t totally surprising that music artists would draw the ire of such a conservative country, but that doesn’t mean fans aren’t paying attention when stars end up in the middle of political squabbles.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics getting under way in Sochi this week, we couldn’t help but take a look at some of the acts who’ve previously caught the watchful eye of Russian officials.

Whether they’re protesting Russia’s anti-gay legislation, speaking out against police brutality, or they’ve somehow made public mishaps, the musicians on our list have been met with lawsuits, visa denials, and more.

Hop into our gallery to find out who’s caused controversy in Russia — and who managed to stand their ground.

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