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Marilyn Manson Russian Gig Canceled Due to "Sadomasochistic" Agenda

Courtesy Delaney Bishop/Universal Music Group DistributionReligious fundamentalists in Novosibirsk [noh-VOH-seh-beersk] must be rejoicing: the Marilyn Manson concert they've been protesting has been canceled. The June 29 gig in Russia's third-largest city was called off in fear of offending orthodox observers and "promoting sadomasochism," according to

"There will be no Marilyn Manson concert in Novosibirsk," said concert organizers Sibirskie Gastroli. "Authorities of all levels have denied us permission to hold the concert. We've fought until the end but the situation has proved stronger than us, unfortunately."

According to Russian news agency Interfax, an orthodox group earlier this month organized a protest "to protect morality and protest against the concert of notorious American rock star Marilyn Manson."

According to GlobalPost, one of the protestors appeared on a Russian radio show to gloat over his group's victory, saying, "Manson's live performances look like an amusement park with a sadomasochistic slant. Sadomasochism is a mental disorder. What [do we] need this show for?" 

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