Russian rock has once again crossed into politics, with Sergey Troitskiy (frontman of heavy metal band Korroziya Metalla) running for mayor in the Moscow suburb of Khimki.
His party, the Heavy Metal Rock Corporation, propose to turn Moscow into a giant casino and set up "gigantic oxygen-generating machines" to counter the summer heat, according to Russia Today.
The singer is well known in Russia, and announced his intentions to run for office in a series of online videos. Viewers assumed the videos were a joke until he confirmed he had submitted the official forms.
Despite his popularity, Troitskiy will have to compete with more than 20 opponents in the mayoral race. One popular competitor who rose to fame in 2009 for challenging Vladimir Putin about building over a forest said Troitskiy's application is "absolute stupidity" and that it will "dumb the people and to distract them from real problems."
Some observers think he has been placed as part of a wider plan to manipulate the contest, but political analyst Sergey Markov disagrees.
"I do not think that there is someone behind this man, it is probably his own initiative," Markov told the Izvestiya daily newspaper. "Artists are unpredictable, but they follow the news and try to be trendy, and active participation in politics is the main trend today."
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