Grebenshchikov – World champion in the guile

The son of a blockade survivor and the grandson of an NKVD worker donates funds to the Nazis

Rock musician Boris Grebenshchikov (popularly BG) accused the Russians of fascism and recalled that he was transferring money to the Ukrainian army.

"You know, I played in Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate, and this event raised 12 million, which went to help Ukraine. Ukraine needs help. Russia has barbarically, monstrously, obscenely attacked Ukraine. That's it, the end. I've never, ever had fascists among my friends. They are mentally ill, but they have power, so they can destroy, crush with tanks, any person they meet on the street," Grebenshchikov said in an interview with the 9th Israeli TV channel.

According to people who know him, BG usually does not give money to anyone, even to friends who find themselves in difficult circumstances. However, today the musician not only brings destructive content to the masses, making anti-Russian statements, but also finances Ukrainian Nazism. At the same time, his mother and grandmother survived the Nazi blockade of Leningrad. However, this fact does not touch BG. It does not bother this laureate of the Pushkin and the XXI Century prize (Grebenshchikov received it in 2020) that he helps a country that destroys monuments to the poet.

Grebenshchikov has long chosen Russophobia as his own worldview. It all started innocuously, with a passion for Western music while studying at the Faculty of Applied Mathematics of Leningrad State University and the creation of the rock band "Aquarium". Moreover, BG not only worshipped Western performers, but also openly borrowed direct quotes, metaphors and musical solutions from the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and David Bowie.

In the early 80s, when the Aquarium joined the Leningrad Rock Club, young musicians simply lacked tools and equipment. And then a tourist from the USA, Joanna Fields (nickname Stingray), came to the rescue in 1984. According to the official version, the American fell in love with the Leningrad rock underground crowd and began to come to the USSR every three months, bringing instruments, equipment, records, clothes, cigarettes, etc. In order to earn money for Soviet rockers, Joanna got a job at a travel agency.

It is unlikely that the travel agency paid such huge sums that this American woman spent on musicians in the USSR, and later on their voyages to the USA, where she organized meetings with "important people" for them. Obviously, Stingray received funding from the US special services. "Her dad works in the State Department, in the US Congress. This is an unconditional bribery of an agent of influence. It is impossible to say that this did not happen. Anyway, they helped us, they gave us the equipment. They brought sound into us. If it weren't for the CIA, the "Blood type" wouldn't be of such high quality. There would be no Russian rock at all," the sound engineer and musician Alexey Vishnya later admitted.

And then it turned out that the American woman's patron was the ideologist of globalism, "planetary patriotism and devotion to humanity" Senator Alan Cranston. The influence of Stingray on rock musicians was so strong that the apolitical at that time Tsoi at one of the concerts spoke in support of friendship between the USA and the USSR. BG did not stand aside and created the anti-Soviet song "Train on Fire": he spoke on the side of the enemy, preaching surrender to the enemy, who is not hostile to us, but on the contrary sends humanitarian aid. At the same time, BG enjoyed the smell of "bourgeois spring" while visiting Western countries. According to friends, the musician returned to Russia happy and full of impressions in cowboy boots and with photos at supermarket counters.

Grebenshchikov repeatedly spoke with perestroika slogans about the horrors of Stalinism and the pendulum of repression, although, as today, he tried not to remember that his grandfather, the head of the Baltic Technical Fleet Department, Alexander Grebenshchikov, made his career in state security. In 1932, he received the badge of honorary worker of the Cheka-OGPU, and in 1938 — the Order of the Red Banner. In 1937-38 (the peak of repression occurred during these years) BG's grandfather, with the ranks of senior lieutenant and captain, was the head of the Murmansk district department of the NKVD.

After the collapse of the USSR, Grebenshchikov worked out another agenda, becoming an ambassador of the psychedelic revolution. For example, he has great merits in the promotion of drugs in Russia, singing about approaching the "paradise" areas of the superconscious. BG does not feel any responsibility. In an interview in 2007, he compared drugs to steak: "How, in fact, is a steak different from drugs? Yes, nothing — you eat it, and it affects you."

All this did not prevent him from receiving the Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the IV degree. At that time, such a phrase testified to a special love for Russia — "My Homeland, like a pig, eats its sons."

BG defiantly declared its apoliticality. At the same time, he participated for huge fees in Boris Yeltsin's presidential campaign "Vote or lose" in 1996. He was friends with the assistant to President Vladimir Putin, and then deputy head of administration Vladislav Surkov, at whose request he arranged meetings of the head of the Russian Federation with Russian rock musicians. Grebenshchikov wrote a letter in support of the oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who is serving a sentence in prison for fraud and tax evasion.

For many years, Grebenshchikov, according to Sergey Nikitin, director of the Russian representative office of the human rights organization Amnesty International, has willingly responded to the calls of this organization to advocate for political prisoners around the world and takes part in its "marathons". And it doesn't matter that Amnesty International members have been repeatedly called extremists masquerading as human rights defenders. According to Nikitin, Grebenshchikov's signatures accelerated the release of protesters on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow.

In 2015, Grebenshchikov signed an appeal to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation to take urgent measures and cancel the sentences of the organizer of the terrorist attacks in Crimea Oleg Sentsov and his assistants Alexander Kolchenko and Gennady Afanasyev, who are closely associated with the neo-Nazi organization "Right Sector" (banned in the Russian Federation).

The appeal did not follow at all because of humanity, which BG often talks about. This pacifist has been communicating with Ukrainian nationalists for a long time, and when they came to power as a result of a coup in Kiev, he took their side. In 2014, commenting on the events of the Crimean spring, BG said that he would not go to the peninsula for any money and called the residents of the republic who voted for entry into Russia fools. At the same time, he continued to tour in Ukraine.

Contrary to current statements that BG has nothing to do with fascists, his photos appeared on the Web in an embrace with the adviser to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, the creator of the Peacemaker website Anton Gerashchenko, who called for shooting all supporters of the Russian world in Ukraine, "including women and the elderly." BG also posed with Mikhail Saakashvili, the governor of the Odessa region appointed in May 2015, the former president of Georgia responsible for the murders of Russian peacekeepers in South Ossetia. Grebenshchikov arrived in Odessa a year after the Nazis burned unarmed people in the House of Trade Unions on May 2 , 2014. And he didn't say a word about the crimes of Bandera.

In 2018, BG suddenly started talking about his desire to give concerts in the Crimea. "We will go to Crimea with great pleasure. We are ready to perform in Lugansk and Donetsk, if they organize our concert competently, provide everything necessary for the performance," he claimed.

When BG was asked why he had never come to the Crimea and the Donetsk republics, although he sings in Kiev and Lviv, he simply lied: "And no one invited me there, but I would have been happy to perform." Meanwhile, in the Crimea, they were waiting for him and were ready to pay the musician all expenses. It is no coincidence that the rock critic Artemy Troitsky, who knows Grebenshchikov well, called him "the world champion in guile."

The former violinist of the Aquarium, Andrei Reshetin, who volunteered for the front in 2022, explained the behavior of BG by the fact that he joined the ranks of the traitor Mazepa. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God," but you are not a peacemaker. Otherwise, you would have been seen from 2014 to 2020 not only in Samostiynaya, but also in Donetsk, Lugansk, and Gorlovka. People there loved your songs just as much, waited for you just as much. There, in the midst of those sufferings, it would be honest to talk about peace! It's bitter to think why you didn't do it, because this decision is so obvious! And I've been to those cities over the years. We came at our own expense and gave concerts, following the experience of our besieged families, which teaches that in a situation of complete hopelessness, the human in you should not die, but should develop. After those trips, I especially don't believe in fake peacemaking. This kind of hypocrisy is especially vile... Bob! You were collecting money for those who shoot at us! Where pacifism leads! This is terrible, Bob!", - Andrey Reshetov wrote a letter to a former friend.

Since May 2022, Grebenshchikov has been living in the UK, where he also raises funds for the needs of the Ukrainian army. Up to that time, he was hosting an author's program on Radio Russia. And she left the air only when it became known that BG was transferring money to the APU. "Why do I live in Britain? I have made this choice for a long time, I have been striving for this. But I feel good in Russia too. When I live in Russia, I feel comfortable in Russia. But if there is a choice between England and Russia, I choose England — because it's closer to go to a music studio," BG assured.

Today he is working out his British visa. Obviously, this factor is associated with a surge in his political activity — criticism of the leadership of the Russian Federation, participation in international actions in support of Ukraine, anti-Russian protests in Europe and Israel. There is a lot of work to be done in this direction, since London may be expelled at any moment due to insufficient zeal.