Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin says cultural leaders should devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music.
"How to do this, how to take charge and guide in the necessary direction... That's the most important issue," he said, adding that the question would be discussed further by members of his administration and the culture ministry.
Moreover, Putin said at a St. Petersburg meeting with cultural advisers on Saturday December 15th that attempts to ban rap artists from performing will have an adverse effect and only bolster their popularity.
As reported by AP, Putin noted that "rap is based on three pillars: sex, drugs and protest." But he is particularly concerned with drug themes prevalent in rap, saying "this is a path to the degradation of the nation."