Metal Frontman Enters Russian Political Race

Sergey Troitskiy promises to turn Moscow into a giant casino, but competitors say his application to be mayor of a Moscow suburb has turned the race into a joke.

Metal Frontman Enters Russian Political Race
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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." Should rock stars get involved in politics officially, or should they keep to protesting through lyrics like they did in the good old days? Which rocker would you like to run for office in the US? Let us know in the comments.

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    JimDawson
    "Which rocker would you like to run for office in the US?" If he was still alive, I vote Frank Zappa. However, if we are talking about people who are still alive... I can't think of anyone I would seriously vote for. I'll just say Oderus Urungus of GWAR as a joke.
    Braykah
    '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."' I feel sad for people like him who don't get it's a joke meant to parodize the political system in Russia and Moscow.
    Dostoyevskian
    It's a funny joke, but the problem is that he could draw votes away from a serious candidate who could actually do a lot of good if elected.
    Emenius Sleepus
    if there was a genuinely serious candidate that had the potential and the will to improve things, I'm yet to hear their name.
    Wooohooo
    Living in Russia, it is easy to understand, that this is no serious threat.
    tompac5
    Cant we just settle this over a pint?
    Bassy-Justice
    "Can't we just settle this over a gallon ?" There, fixed it for ya; this is Russia we're talking about, after all.
    My Last Words
    "Artists are unpredictable, but they follow the news and try to be trendy, and active participation in politics is the main trend today." Talking about hitting the nail on it's head..
    --ESTRANGED--
    " turn Moscow into a giant casino and set up "gigantic oxygen-generating machines" - said the 8 year old
    N-D
    By the way, now Korrozia Metalla isn't metal band - they're NS "white power"-rock band... So...
    DaniArrow
    "propose to turn Moscow into a giant casino and set up gigantic oxygen-generating machines" a-f*cking-mazing !!!!!
    themuddman
    "Which rocker would you like to run for office in the US?" Tim from Rise Against as president, and Serj from System of a Down for Vice President!!!!!
    snuggleblade
    I was going to vote for Ron Paul until he got cheated off the ballot, now I am voting for Gary Johnson.
    iommi600
    "His party, the Heavy Metal Rock Corporation" I already lol'd at this, best thing UG put up in a while.
    Emenius Sleepus
    I'd take anything Troitsky says with a huuuuuge grain of salt... I'd translate some of his interviews for the example, but it's a near-impossible task...