Ruslan Chliebarodau

Author of Stop the Cockroach, a popular anti Lukashenko song, Chliebarodau was arrested on April 23, 2023. He is accused of "insulting public officials," and "disgracing the state power and governing… More

Sergei Mikhalok

A musician and songwriter, Mikhalok has been banned from entering Belarus since 2015 for "insulting the president" and currently lives in Ukraine. He has faced transnational repression and pressure… More

Maxim Pokrovsky

The lead singer of Russian rock group Nogu Svelo, Pokrovsky has been known for releasing critical songs condemning the war on Ukraine. One song has led to a police… More

Shervin Hajipour

On September 29, 2022, Hajipour was arrested on charges of "propaganda against the regime" and "incitement to violence." His popular song, "Baraye (For)" which had become an anthem of… More

Omar Shiboba ShiBoBa

A rapper and songwriter, Shiboba was arrested in March 2022 for his songs that he had described as revolutionary and which were critical of the Kingdom and ruling authorities,… More

Miron Fyodorov Oxxxymiron

A rapper and songwriter, Fyodorov wrote a song that was found to be "extremist" by a Moscow Court. He was fined 45k rubles on December 12, 2022 for discrediting… More

Saman Seydi Yasin Saman Yasin

Kurdish rapper Yasin was abducted by Iranian security forces on October 2, 2022 after releasing songs supporting the Mahsa Amini protests. His trial began October 29, 2022. He was… More

Emad Ghavidel

Ghavidel, a rapper, was arrested at his workplace on October 26, 2022, allegedly for "inciting chaos." He suffered ill treatment while in jail because of his identity as an… More

Sidhu Moose Wala

A prominent Punjabi musician, Moose Wala was arrested in 2020 for promoting violence for his song "Sanju." On May 29, 2022, he was shot and killed while driving without… More

Vairamuthu Ramasamy Vairamuthu

Tamil poet and lyricist Vairamuthu was the target of protest in 2018 after he made comments linking the 7th century female mystic poet Andal to the Devadasi community, which… More