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- Posted on Sep 16th 2010 10:15AM by Andrew Kerr
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The singer has been condemned for what the radical left-wing activists claim is his "public promotion of drugs". The group in question -- the Communists of St Petersburg and Leningrad -- cite a blog written in April by the former Police man in which he called for the legalisation of marijuana.
The Daily Mail reports that a spokesperson for the activists said, "Such a figure, however talented his screaming fans may consider him, cannot be allowed to appear on stage in the Russian Federation."
Given Russia's tough stance on drug use, the radicals claim allowing Sting to perform on Russian soil smacks of double standards and have accused the police of "rotten liberalism".
In the offending blog Sting said, "The 'War on Drugs' has failed -- but it's worse than that. It is actively harming our society. Violent crime is thriving in the shadows to which the drug trade has been consigned. People who genuinely need help can't get it. Neither can people who need medical marijuana to treat terrible diseases."