Yury Shevchuk writes on DDT’s website that a number of the group’s planned concerts in the Russian regions have been cancelled because of pressure by local authorities. In particular, he writes about the banning of concerts in Kemerovo and Yurga where tickets “had almost all been sold.” Yury Shevchuk writes: “In Tymen it was impossible for us to find a venue. In Omsk a minister in the regional government also banned concert halls from putting on our ‘desperate show’.”
Yury Shevcuk pointed out that “all the instructions and decisions were given by slippery officials over the phone, so we cannot even take them to court.” He also believes that “evidently there is not enough ‘patriotic eroticism’ in our new programme.’
The home page of DDT’s website features a television with a picture from Swan Lake and the running line: “Dear Comrades! The Kemerovo concert by the group DDT has been cancelled. DDT is a threat to your consciousness. We care for you. Sleep soundly! Feudal Lords of the Russian Federation.”
Lenta.ru reports that Yury Shevchuk makes no effort to hide his critical attitude to the present government. He was an active participant in the rallies For Fair Elections, and even performed at one of them on 4 February 2012 on Bolotnaya Square, where he sang the songs ‘Oh, Frost, Frost’ and ‘Motherland’.
In the autumn of 2011 DDT issued its latest album, Otherwise, and at the same time began a new large scale tour. The tour began with a concert at Moscow’s Olympic sports arena. In addition to the main concert programme in support of the album Otherwise, the musicians also in some cases present a smaller programme called ‘Solnik’ (Solo), based on the book of the same name by Yury Shevchuk.
The ballet Swan Lake was broadcast on television during the evening of 19 August 1991 at the start of the coup, interrupted only by special news bulletins. Since then people have come to believe that the ballet Swan Lake was shown intentionally. However, it turns out that the broadcast of the ballet was not directly linked with the coup attempt, but had been programmed in advance to be shown that day.