In February, Russian pop hip-hop artist and activist Oxxxymiron made global headlines by canceling a series of concerts in his home country to protest the invasion of Ukraine. Next week he will host a series of charity concerts, the proceeds of which will benefit Ukrainian refugees for a series called “Russians Against the War,” or RAW.
The concert will take place outside Russia due to the ongoing crackdown on anti-war protests. In a video announcing the concert, Oxxymiron denounced the “total censorship” by the Russian government. “Anyone who opposes the war in any way is a potential target for criminal prosecution,” he said. The first RAW concert will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.
Oxxxymiron, speaking on behalf of “tens of millions of Russians who firmly opposed the war,” said all proceeds from the concert will be donated to the millions of Ukrainian refugees who crossed the border into Poland. The concert will also be streamed live on YouTube, Instagram and Twitch, and viewers will have the opportunity to donate.