Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth were gearing up to perform in Russia on their world tour in support of their latest album The Satanist (review) when they were detained by immigration services and have since been detained, awaiting a court hearing that might result in their deportation.
Earlier today the band posted for the following notification:
We’ve been stopped by the immigration services for ‘wrong visas’. When I said that we will not move an inch from the club without someone from the Polish embassy, they threatened to force us out. They took us in a bus, accompanied by 10 officers, to the building of Federal Migration Service. We tried to reach Polish embassy in Jekaterinburg but no one is answering the phone. If possible – please copy this message and pass it everywhere you can. We may expect a multihour hearing. The concert is off for sure. The only thing we want is to get back to the hotel safely and then – to Poland. No matter how hard we try – we cannot pass it all.
Then, a few hours later, there was an update:
News from Nergal: “It looks like it’s going to be a normal jail. As soon as we receive the phones. At 9 am we have a court, then the judgment and possibly deportation.”
Fingers crossed that all the members make it safely home!