Boris Grebenshikov, Roma Zver, and other celebrity Russian musicians record song for young defendants in highly controversial extremism case
A number of influential Russian musicians have recorded a new song in support of the defendants in the New Greatness case. Some of the teenage defendants, who sparked widespread sympathy among activists when they were accused of participating in an extremist group, have been under house arrest for nearly a year and are currently on trial.
The new song, titled “I Want Some Tea,” was posted on Facebook by TV host Tatiana Lazareva, who initiated the project. The song was composed by Sergey “Chizh” Chigrakov and performed by Andrey Makarevich, Alexey Kortnev, Maxim Leonidov, Pyotr Nalich, Roma Zver, Boris Grebeshnikov, Vasya Oblomov, the band MANIZHA, and Lazareva herself. Lazareva also helped organize the August 2018 March of Mothers, which prompted Russian authorities to release some of the New Greatness defendants from pretrial detention to house arrest.