Behemoth have been detained in Russia during their current Russian Satanist tour. Earlier today (May 21), bandleader and frontman Nergal made fans aware of the situation via Facebook, encouraging everyone to share his message with as many people as possible.
Since Nergal’s Facebook post was written in Polish, poor translation has lead to a misquote that the band were detained for being “evil.” Russian immigrant services have in fact arrested them due to having the “wrong visas”. That, due to Nergal’s recent blasphemy trial in his native Poland for tearing up a bible and the Russian imprisonment of Pussy Riot members, this situation becomes much more worrying.
Nergal’s post, as translated by Blabbermouth reads:
We’ve been stopped by the [Russian] immigration services for ‘wrong visas.’ When I said that we will not move an inch from the club without someone from the Polish embassy, they threatened to force us out. They took us in a bus, accompanied by 10 officers, to the building of Federal Migration Service. We tried to reach polish embassy in Jekaterinburg but no one is answering the phone.
If possible — please copy this message and pass it everywhere you can. We may expect a multi-hour hearing.
“The concert is off for sure. The only thing we want is to get back to the hotel safely and then — to Poland. No matter how hard we try — we cannot pass it all.