The “nearly naked” soiree attended by Russian celebrities stung by backlash
What transpired in a nightclub in Moscow was peculiar. The subsequent events reveal a great deal about the current climate in Russia. Blogger and television host Nastya Ivleeva hosted a “Almost Naked Party” at the Mutabor nightclub in Moscow on December 20.
Pop icons and celebrities in scant attire attended the soirée. Involved is the Russian vocalist Vacio, whose given name is Nikolai Vasiliev. He arrived solely dressed in training shoes and a single sock that was strategically situated.
A private celebration was held. Nonetheless, the incident went viral when photographs and videos surfaced on social media. Vacio’s socks became the most renowned in Russia overnight. Not in a positive manner.
A state of commotion ensued. Advocates of the pro-Kremlin stance, including activists, MPs, and bloggers, were indignant: it was incomprehensible that public figures would partake in such extravagant celebrations when Russian troops were risking their lives in the “special military operation.”
As far as the revellers were concerned, the party had officially concluded. For 15 days in prison, rapper Vacio was detained for “disorderly conduct.” A sanction of 200,000 roubles (approximately $1,700; $2,200) was imposed on him for “endorsing non-traditional sexual relations.”
Nastya Ivleeva, the organiser of the “Almost Naked Party,” is currently confronted with legal actions. The number of plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit exceeds twenty. They are demanding that she pay the Defender of the Fatherland Foundation, an organisation that donates money to participants of the Kremlin’s “special operation,” one billion roubles (£8.5 million). Even more partygoers are confronted by the music.
There are rumours that advertising contracts and concert dates may be terminated. Additionally, there are reports that pre-recorded New Year’s Eve entertainment programmes on Russian television are removing certain celebrities. Notable names were abruptly cancelled.
The notable party attendees have been individually addressing social media, with some expressing regret for their presence and others maintaining their innocence.
The occurrences of the past few days have likely stunned these public figures. They had consciously decided to remain in Russia after the Kremlin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in order to continue their occupations and frequently extravagant lifestyles. A portion of public censure was directed at anti-war celebrities who had departed from Russia.
It appears that the political system of Russia is becoming increasingly dependent on scapegoats. It requires groups or individuals to whom it can assign responsibility for domestic and international issues.
These scapegoats have thus far included Ukraine, the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and NATO. It appears that some Russian celebrities have been added to the list. As he reflected on the events, exiled Russian opposition activist Maxim Katz summed them up in a social media post: “Historically, those who attended such gatherings were bound by a straightforward social contract: remain loyal and do whatever you pleased.
The reality outside is in stark contrast to these ostentatious displays. It is not acceptable to celebrate irresponsibly in a nation at war. “The system has pushed back against those who supported all of its norms so long as they were not applied to them for the first time in a very long time.”