Beatles Blamed By Russian Officials For 'Recreational Drug Use Increase'

According to a Russian health official, the youth of his country have a major drug problem - and it all goes back to those darn Beatles.

Beatles Blamed By Russian Officials For 'Recreational Drug Use Increase'
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According to a Russian health official, the youth of his country have a major drug problem - and it all goes back to those darn Beatles. "After The Beatles went to expand their consciousness in India ashrams, they introduced that idea the changing of one's psychic state of mind using drugs to the population," argued Yevgeny Bryun, the Russian Ministry of Health's chief alcohol and drug abuse specialist, during a Moscow press conference reported by London's Daily Telegraph. "When business understood that you could trade on that on pleasure and goods associated with pleasure that's probably where it all began," continued Bryun, who went on to discuss the "tough measures" needed to curtail the lingering effects of Beatlemania. As the Telegraph notes, The Beatles were banned for a period in the U.S.S.R., following a decree by the nation's state-run record label that "musicians such as these, who have plunged to the depth of musical decline, do not deserve a place on Soviet records." A new ban seems unlikely, however - especially given that current Russian president Vladimir Putin is a self-avowed Beatle fan, and after Paul McCartney played Red Square in 2003, Putin told him that the band's music had been "like a gulp of freedom" to Soviet youth in the '60s. Thanks for the report to UltimateClassicRock.com.

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    cptcomet
    Before the youngsters were doing drugs it was the upper classes who were doing it.
    Jesus_Dean
    Drug abuse certainly couldn't be caused by the current train-wreck politics and economic situation in Russia.
    jrodgers
    "the lingering effects of Beatlemania"? That's pretty funny. Are those damn Beatles still gonna be corrupting my great grandchildren in the future? We've gotta do something about this.....
    Ace Carson
    The dumbest statement of the week. This kind of "officials" make me feel ashsmed for my country. This idiot was about 18 when The Beatles ended, so he is judging by his own experience I guess.
    Firehawk2410
    I was late to school once by two hours, so I blamed Guns N' Roses. Later on I fell in public and I blamed Steven Tyler. Really? He's going to blame drug abuse on a band? I think the real culprit is stupidity.
    haygoe
    Jesus_Dean wrote: Drug abuse certainly couldn't be caused by the current train-wreck politics and economic situation in Russia.
    thats no escuse for people to be dumb and do drugs
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    INSULIN
    the beatles did make people take drugs in the 60's .they were gods back then .hell if john lennon said eat a goat people would go get goats .