RAMMSTEIN frontman Till Lindemann was detained and questioned by Russian authorities yesterday, August 28, with police removing the singer from his hotel room and taking him down to a local station.
Summa Inferno reports that the RAMMSTEIN singer was scheduled to perform with his solo band at the ‘Maklarin for Homeland’ festival’ in the Tver region on Sunday, August 29, and it’s believed at this point that Lindemann’s detention was related to current COVID-19 restrictions surrounding mass gatherings in Russia.
Till Lindemann’s manager, Anar Reiband, is also in some hot water for apparently declaring himself a tourist upon entering the country. Reiband could face deportation and a permanent ban from entering Russia despite the fact he is one of the festival organizers.
Lindemann is scheduled to perform on September 4th and 5th in Moscow as part of the ‘Spasskaya Baschnja’ festival in Red Square, yet that remains unconfirmed at this time.
Just recently, DW reported that Till Lindemann has been accused of an illegal NFT sale in Russia. Lindemann recently recorded a music video at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, with permission, but is now including exclusive copies of that video in an NFT for $117,000 (which also includes a dinner with the RAMMSTEIN singer). The museum claims that the clip’s sale as an NFT violates the terms of the agreement.
Publicly released photos of Till Lindemann at the Russian police station can be seen below.