A few minutes before 7, the pro-Putin youth movement nashi commanded its own large turnout of Putin youth: “Line up!”
Yet, bad as that was, nobody in the Kremlin dared to criticize the nashi.
Dozens of other lists with names from those willing to help nashi hunt down the musicians followed.
“A majority of Russian society is in favor of punishing all guilty members of the band,” nashi leader Nikita Borovikov insisted.
The luckiest and most devoted of nashi commissars have enjoyed the benefits of municipal and even national parliament seats.
To young and talented Russians seeking political changes in the country, the new campaign by nashi is a bad sign.
Then in 2007 he had joined the pro-Kremlin, pro “Eurasian” youth group, nashi, to hone his militancy.