In Pictures, Russian Rock Festival Shows Country's Growing Militarism



TVER OBLAST, Russia — Dubbed the "Russian Woodstock," Nashestvie is a Russian rock-music festival that draws hundreds of thousands of locals to Tver Oblast, a region more than 150 kilometers northwest of Moscow.
Now in its 15th year, the 2014 festival took place from Friday to Sunday. Founded in 1999, Nashestvie has featured military displays over the years, but they were usually limited to performances by the Russian Knights, the Russian Air Force's aerobatic display team. This year, however, the Russian military's presence expanded significantly at Nashestvie.

  • A major expo featuring tanks, armored personnel carriers and howitzers
  • Obstacle courses and a virtual shooting range
  • An air show that included a landing right in the middle of the festival crowd
  • The Russian army orchestra performing at the festival's opening ceremony
  • Survival courses, including how to build a hovel, or install an animal trap
  • Souvenir shops that sold t-shirts, including some with pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin's face
  • An area for people to sign up for Russian military service
  • While some artists who performed at Nashestvie spoke out in favor of peace, and against the festival's collaboration with the army, during their shows, the majority of festivalgoers welcomed members of the Russian military.
    Check out photos of the event, below:

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    Bass player Vitaly Demidenko of Russian rock band Louna calls for protests while performing on the main stage.
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    Rustem Bulatov of Russian rock band Lumen performs at Nashestvie.
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    A guitarist with Russian rock band Louna performs on Nashestvie's main stage.
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    People sit on the grass at Russian rock festival Nashestvie.
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    Women wearing outfits from a sex shop pose with soldiers at Nashestvie's military expo.
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    The crowd reacts at Nashestvie.
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    Russian rock musician Andrei Knyazev performs at Nashestvie.
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    The crowd reacts at Nashestvie.
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    An inflatable astronaut is seen in the middle of Nashestvie's camping site.
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    A military camp, including a church and field kitchen, is located at the edge of Nashestvie's festival area.
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    Festivalgoers greet a military airman at Nashestvie.
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    Jet fighters shoot off false heat targets during a performance by the Russian Falcons, an aerobatic display team, at Nashestvie.
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    Festivalgoers cheer while watching the Russian Falcons' performance at Nashestvie.
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    A woman applies to be part of the Russian army at Nashestvie's military expo.
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    Fans light sparklers during the last song performed by Russian rock band DDT on the first day of Nashestvie.
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    A young girl explores a light tank at Nashestvie's military expo.
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    A Russian army orchestra performs at Nashestvie during the festival's opening ceremony.
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  • Evgeny Feldman is a staff photographer for the Russian publication Novaya Gazeta.



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