Putin and Rap in Russia

(BBC)  Putin wants government to “take charge” of rap music.

We cannot ring out the year without taking up the challenge rap  presents to Russian state power.  Yes, take charge of it.  Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll almost sunk the Brits, who survived only by heavy state repression. The pivotal role of MI-5 is yet to be revealed.

Essentially, implement a “loyalty test” to challenge a rapper’s professed loyalty to the Russian state.  The Romans had the same problem in the first century A.D.  They devised extreme methods to vet their centurions. This documentary video re-enacts the Roman test, which I hope will be helpful to Vladimir Putin:

Roman Loyalty Test.


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