Top Mon­go­lian rap­per ‘beaten up by Rus­sian diplo­mat’

Kuwait Times - - WEEKENDER -

One of Mon­go­lia’s top rap­pers was beaten up by a Rus­sian diplo­mat af­ter per­form­ing wear­ing a swastika-a tra­di­tional Mon­go­lian sym­bol-the singer’s lawyer and po­lice al­leged yes­ter­day. Amar­man­dakh Sukhbaatar, known as Am­raa and lead singer of Khar Sar­naiBlack Rose-took to the stage at an event in Ulan Bator wear­ing a red deel, a tra­di­tional Mon­go­lian robe, em­broi­dered with a swastika. Af­ter­wards he was sav­agely as­saulted by a Rus­sian diplo­mat, his lawyer and his fa­ther told re­porters yes­ter­day.

The bro­ken cross sym­bol is gen­er­ally be­lieved to have its ori­gins in In­dia thou­sands of years ago and its use has been recorded cen­turies ago in Mon­go­lia, long be­fore it was ap­pro­pri­ated by Adolf Hitler. Tens of mil­lions of Soviet ci­ti­zens died fight­ing against the forces of Nazi Ger­many in the Sec­ond World War, known as the Great Pa­tri­otic War in Rus­sia. The singer-who speaks Rus­sian and was a guest per­former on Mon­go­lia’s Got Tal­ent last year­was in a coma for around 10 days af­ter the as­sault, said his fa­ther Sevjidiin Sukhbaatar.

“My son was hit in the face sev­eral times with a me­tal ob­ject and was se­ri­ously in­jured. His brain was se­ri­ously hurt,” he said, wear­ing a deel and fur hat and dis­play­ing a book of tra­di­tional swastika pat­terns. Am­raa’s songs reg­u­larly ref­er­ence Mon­go­lian history, cul­ture and iden­tity, and he of­ten wears a swastika on stage. But the sym­bol is also used by far-Right Mon­go­lian na­tion­al­ist groups. Am­raa’s lawyer, fa­ther and a fel­low band mem­ber de­nied so­cial me­dia re­ports that he cried “Heil Hitler” at the show.

At­tor­ney Gankhu­ugiin Bat­ba­yar said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was be­ing car­ried out more slowly than usual and the sus­pect had not been detained. “The sus­pect must be in­ves­ti­gated ac­cord­ing to Mon­go­lian law, no mat­ter his sta­tus or im­mu­nity as a diplo­mat.” Mon­go­lia was un­der the Soviet yoke for decades dur­ing the Com­mu­nist era, un­til a demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion in 1990. But Rus­sian cul­tural in­flu­ence en­dures in many forms, in­clud­ing mu­sic and the use of the Cyril­lic al­pha­bet. In a state­ment posted on its web­site, the Rus­sian em­bassy said it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing press and so­cial me­dia re­ports of the beat­ing.

“Ac­cord­ing to our pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion,” it said, the re­ports were “dis­torted, par­tic­u­larly about the date, the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and the cir­cum­stances of the ac­ci­dent”. A po­lice spokesman told AFP the case was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. “The sus­pect is a Rus­sian diplo­matic of­fi­cer and the rea­son he wasn’t kept in de­ten­tion is the in­jury is not se­ri­ous,” he said. “It’s not true that the sus­pect wasn’t ar­rested be­cause of diplo­matic im­mu­nity.” — AFP

This pic­ture shows Mon­go­lian rap­per Amar­man­dakh Sukhbaatar per­form­ing in Ulan Bator. — AFP

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