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Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst is Moving to Crimea to Make Propaganda Films for the Pro-Russian Government

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Presumably envious of the success his Limp Bizkit bandmade Wes Borland has found in Jakarta, Fred Durst has announced plans to move to Crimea.

Crazier still, Durst is making the move so as to create propaganda for the Russian government.

From Billboard:

“Last month, Sergey Aksyonov, head of Crimea, published an open letter, in which he promised to turn the Black Sea peninsular region into ‘the new Beverly Hills.’ Later, mayors of the resort towns Yevpatoria, Feodosiya and Yalta spoke about granting land to build a compound for Western celebrities, who would obtain free housing as long as they took part in the region’s international promotion.

“According to [the Russian newspaper] Izvestia, Durst sent a letter to Crimean authorities, in which he said that he was interested in spending half of the year in the region, producing films and TV series that would take Russia to a new level in the industry, also working for a ‘great future of Crimea and Russia.’”

So basically, the pro-Russia, Vladimir Putin-supported Aksyonov took a page from L. Ron Hubbard’s playbook and sought out celebrity endorsements, and now Durst gets to go live in a nice compound in a nice resort town in exchange for being the Leni Riefenstahl to Aksyonov’s Adolf.

How is this okay and not, y’know, morally reprehensible? Apparently Durst’s wife, Kseniya Beryazina, is from Crimea, but she looks like an 80s action movie villain and may or may not have been purchased from RussianBrides.com, so I don’t get a “Oh this is perfectly harmless because he’s really doing it for love” vibe in this situation.

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There is, of course, a very bright and shiny silver lining: Durst will be leaving the United States for at least half the year. Can someone in the State Department with decent taste in music figure out a way to suspend his passport and make it impossible for him to come back? I know it would be a colossal violation of ethics, but if ever there was a reason to bend the rules…

[via The PRP]

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