Brutto's frontman and Lyapis Trubetskoy's ex-vocalist Siarhei Mikhalok in an interview with Gromadske.Kremenchuk told about the persecution of his band by the authorities and the FSB in Russia.
"There are no radical or misanthropic ideas in our band."
"No one of band's musicians is a member of any neo-Nazi, leftist or any other youth organization. We sing a free spirit, we sing masculinity, we sing a simple human heroic deed. Work hard, turn your live in the heroic epic. Love your mother, love your friends, do not attack. First of all we glorify the warrior-protector, not a warrior-occupier."
"Mikhalok's image is tried to be represented as a fascist even then in my last band — Lyapis Trubetskoy. Almost the entire 2013-2014 year, each Lyapis Trubetskoy's show was in focus of the FSB and the prosecutor's office. Several criminal cases were incriminated."
"Putin, who the de facto makes paramilitary militaristic empire today, he, in fact, promotes things associated with totalitarianism, fascism and Stalinism. Of course, he tries to tarnish all objectionable."
In the beginning of the year, Siarhei Mikhalok and his producer Anton Azizbekyan asked the Deputy Prime Minister — Minister of Culture Vyacheslav Kirilenko for help in obtaining the right to permanent residence in Ukraine.
According to UNIAN referring to the Ministry of Culture's press service, Mikhalok and Azizbekyan without giving up the Belarusian citizenship, decided to get right to permanent residence in Ukraine. The singer told that Lyapis Trubetskoy's support to revolutionary events in Ukraine had negative consequences for the band's creativity because of the authorities of Russia and Belarus.