The Russian composer Sergei Zamyatin, a vocalist and composer, is one of several composers in the country who have fled their homes to avoid Russian authorities’ crackdown on their work.
In a series of tweets this week, Zamyatin, who is also known as Strelkov, accused authorities of a “systematic campaign of persecution against my family and me,” and asked: “What’s the point of trying to survive in this country where I’m afraid to live?”
The hashtag #stopRussianPersecution was trending on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Zamyats’ family said his case is one in a series that they say has left their country with few remaining artists.
“I am not a victim of the system but of its abuse and its inhumanity,” Zamyaton, who also goes by the name of the Black Bear Dog, wrote in an interview with Russia’s state-run news agency.
He added that he has received death threats, has been threatened with torture and had his work destroyed.
“The authorities have shown no respect for human rights or of my family,” Zamyanin said.
He has since left Russia for Germany, where he has worked as a violinist and singer.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly blamed the collapse of the country’s once-promising music industry on Western sanctions imposed after Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014.
In February, he said the Russian government would “totally destroy” those who have been behind the countrys decline, and promised to “do everything to prevent” any further deterioration of the musical landscape.
A Russian composer in his mid-40s is believed to have fled the country.