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‘Rock Music Is Evil': Russian Priest Anatoly Berestov

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From Blabbermouth:

Russian Celibate Priest Anatoly Berestov recently gave an interview to the web site Credo.Ru iin which he blamed rock music for the rise of Satanism in Russia, citing aggressive mass culture that has poured into Russia from the West since the beginning of the 1990s as being a factor in drug addiction.

Anatoly, a Doctor of Medical Sciences, believes that “Satanism is closely connected with people’s lifestyles. We are now looking at the West, at the USA, and this trash basically comes from there.”

Father Anatoly, who also chairs a center for the rehabilitation of people who have suffered from totalitarian sects and occults, dismissed efforts by rock bands who periodically come together under such slogans as “No Drugs” and “Rock Against Drugs,” stating that such activities are nothing more than “open propaganda for drugs.”

“As a doctor, and as a priest, I am certain that rock music is a straight road to drug addiction,” Berestov said. “Those people who organize those shows do not actually realize that. Probably, they don’t realize this on purpose.”

In one incident cited in the article, a grave at a cemetery in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg was desecrated by alleged Satanists, according to the news agency New Region. A large piece of paper containing drawings of a pentagram and other satanic symbols was apparently found nailed to a gravestone, and it was surrounded by burnt candles and small, painted stones.

It is not clear if the perpetrators of the alleged crime were ever caught or if a connection with rock music was ever established by the investigative authorities. ‘Rock Music Is Evil': Russian Priest Anatoly Berestov – Oct. 3, 2002

Russian Celibate Priest Anatoly Berestov recently gave an interview to the web site Credo.Ru in which he blamed rock music for the rise of Satanism in Russia, citing aggressive mass culture that has poured into Russia from the West since the beginning of the 1990s as being a factor in drug addiction.

Anatoly, a Doctor of Medical Sciences, believes that “Satanism is closely connected with people’s lifestyles. We are now looking at the West, at the USA, and this trash basically comes from there.”

Father Anatoly, who also chairs a center for the rehabilitation of people who have suffered from totalitarian sects and occults, dismissed efforts by rock bands who periodically come together under such slogans as “No Drugs” and “Rock Against Drugs,” stating that such activities are nothing more than “open propaganda for drugs.”

“As a doctor, and as a priest, I am certain that rock music is a straight road to drug addiction,” Berestov said. “Those people who organize those shows do not actually realize that. Probably, they don’t realize this on purpose.”

In one incident cited in the article, a grave at a cemetery in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg was desecrated by alleged Satanists, according to the news agency New Region. A large piece of paper containing drawings of a pentagram and other satanic symbols was apparently found nailed to a gravestone, and it was surrounded by burnt candles and small, painted stones.

It is not clear if the perpetrators of the alleged crime were ever caught or if a connection with rock music was ever established by the investigative authorities.

I’m sure 80 years of oppression have nothing to do with the Russian youths doing strange things now that they have a little more freedom, eh?

The site is in Russian and the English translator doesn’t work, so I can’t confirm the story. If you can read Russian and would like to point me to a translation of the full article, I’d just love a shot at fisking the entire thing….

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    A blanket statement like “rock music is a straight road to drug addiction” is not only ridiculous it really doesn’t solve anthing. Drug proliferation will always find its venue, it is the choices people make not the supposed ‘effect’ of rock music. Its like, if you happened to have a heart attack while eating banana bread then blaming the bread for giving you the heart attack. Its the age old argument prevaling from a time even before The Beatles were were making your grandma have fits. We do have our own choices to make. Will I say yes or no? Of the literally hundreds of shows I’ve been to, I know at least half or more had drugs which fans had brought in. Every single rock artist, Metal, Goth, Emo, Hard, etc. do not have the exact same beliefs and philosophies which may or may not be influencing the fans, so blanket assumptions can not accurately be made. We all have to know by now, if you pay any attention to the music scenes, that the artist’s philosophies out there range from blatant satanism to christianity whith everything else in-between.

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    As for the ‘rock road to drugs’ theory, my being immersed in rock from Iron Maiden and Sex Pistols in the 80s to the current artists of today I can say that I never touched one drug (other than caffeinated cola) even while I waited on the porch for my friends to finish off a bong pipe. Maybe the rock music told them to do it?

  • avengedgirl

    this is ridiculouse. rock music isnt to blame for anything. people are blaming rock, even though the people that commit crimes due so to their own accord, and some to a psychcilogical problem.