The status of a foreign agent does not apply to the rapper, since he is not engaged in politics, but in music, his lawyer said, reporting on a lawsuit against the Ministry of Justice. A date for the hearing of the case has not yet been set. In January, the rapper announced the launch of his media
Morgenstern (Alisher Valeev)
The Zamoskvoretsky Court of Moscow received a lawsuit from the lawyers of rapper Alisher Morgenstern (included in the list of foreign agents) demanding that he be excluded from the register of individuals— foreign agents, his defender Sergei Zhorin told RBC.
Morgenstern does not conduct political activities, but is engaged in culture and art, Zhorin told RIA Novosti, pointing out that on the basis of this rapper it is impossible to recognize “a person performing the functions of a foreign agent.”
“Administrative lawsuit against Ministry registered with the court, the date of its consideration has not yet been set,— told the agency in court.
Morgenstern was on the list of natural persons-foreign agents about three weeks ago, on May 6th. He became the fifth in the corresponding register, before him the list included journalists Matvey Ganapolsky, Vladimir Kara-Murza and Yevgeny Kiselyov, opposition leader Leonid Volkov.
According to the justification specified in the register, the rapper was added to the register of foreign agents due to political activities, he received money for this from Yoola Labs Ltd. Yoola Labs— The official affiliate network of YouTube that promotes bloggers, cooperates with it, in particular, journalist Yuri Dud (recognized as a foreign media agent in April), the KLIKCLAK blogging studio, bloggers Sasha Spielberg, Nikolai Sobolev and others, according to the company's website.
Yoola Labs is registered in Israel. According to Forbes, last year the company's revenue amounted to at least 650 million rubles, and bloggers collaborating with it could earn from 3 billion rubles. Yoola Labs is one of the five largest media networks in the world in terms of the number of views and viewers, according to the Social Blade portal, which tracks statistics and analytics of the largest social networks.
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Morgenstern is currently abroad, in November he left Russia for Belarus, and then went to the UAE, REN TV reported. This happened after the words of the chairman of the Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin, who accused the rapper of drug trafficking on the Internet. “Morgenstern today deals drugs, in fact, on social networks. Involves a huge number of our youth in his sphere of communication, & mdash; he said.
Zhorin then told RBC about the bewilderment caused by Bastrykin's words, suggesting that the head of the Investigative Committee was incorrectly informed. I don't think it's necessary to say that Morgenstern is not involved in the drug trade,— he added.
In early February, commenting on news.ru's data on the “final emigration” and the sale of all property in Russia, Morgenstern said that “Russia will not get rid of me so easily.”
In January, Morgenstern announced the launch of his own media, he explained this decision by fatigue from reading “monotonous, icteric, boring” publications. «I decided to make my— free, progressive, honest, innovative media with cool memes,— rapper added. Then he noted that since Morgenstern was almost a foreign agent and enemy of the nation, the publication was called Not Morgenstern.
At the time of writing, the number of subscribers of the Not Morgenstern Telegram channel amounted to more than 1.33 million people.
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