by Kim Zigfeld
It looks like the beginning of the end for Russia’s celebrated blogosphere.
On February 15, 2007, a 21-year-old Russian artist and blogger named Savva Terentyev (pictured above) located in the northern Russian city of Syktyvkar posted a comment on the blog of a local journalist named Boris Suranov. Suranov’s post dealt with a raid by local police officers on a local opposition newspaper called Iskra (“the spark”), a raid which Suranov believed was politically motivated and illegal. As such, the raid would have been part of a pattern of such attacks on independent media by the Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin, a pattern that had been underway since Putin first took office.
Ali Azmat (left) and Salman Ahmad of Pakistani Sufi rock band Junoon say they perform
to “lift the veil of ignorance about Muslim cultural heritage” [GALLO/GETTY]
Shortly before his death in 1997, the Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti declared that “music is the weapon of the future”.
Since then, however, more than $3 trillion has been spent on far deadlier weapons of war which are fought in the name of peace and stability.
But these conflicts have brought neither peace nor stability.