The members of the U.S. group Bloodhound Gang who desecrated the Russian flag will not be able to enter Russia for the next five years, Oleg Molodiyevsky, the head of the Federal Migration Service department for the Moscow region, told a press conference held in the Interfax central office on Friday.
"I know that our colleagues from the border guard service have barred from entering the Russian Federation. They will not be able to give any concerts on the territory of the Russian federation in the past five years," he said.
Molodiyevsky said that he as a Russian citizen was outraged by the Americans' actions and what they did to the Russian flag. He said many citizens of Russia, including fans of the group in Anapa, where the musicians were expected to take part in a rock festival, agree with him.
"Many people gathered at the Sheremetyevo airport, where they [the members of the group] arrived, to express their outrage about this fact," Molodiyevsky said.
Molodiyevsky recalled that the Federal Migration Service's Department for the Moscow region then decided to reduce the musicians' period of stay in Russia and they were advised to leave the country on the same day, which they did.
According to later reports, Bloodhound Gang bassist Jared 'Evil' Hasselhoff, 41, used the Russian flag as toilet paper at the Ibiza club in Odesa. He threw the desecrated flag into the crowd, where it was caught by a fan.
After a video of the incident was posted on the Internet, the Bloodhound Gang musicians were barred from performing at a rock festival in the Krasnodar Territory, although their royalties were paid to them. They were pelted by tomatoes and eggs prior to the departure from the Anapa airport.
On August 5, the Interior Ministry reported that a criminal case had been opened based on the desecration of the Russian state flag.
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