This is a Statement by the Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus Andrei Giro to the media reports about the planned Rammstein Appearance in Minsk:
The concert will be held in Minsk Rammstein – as originally planned – on March 7, 2010.
With a great surprise I had to read the German media reports claiming that the Rammstein Appearance in Minsk can be cancelled. It was only an opinion of a person from the advisory Board – Commission for morality.
In a democratic society, including the Republic of Belarus is, it is common to discuss issues and problems publicly. The Belarusian writer Nikolai Tscherginez has expressed his own opinion and personal expression, not necessarily supported by all Rammstein fans. It is in this context, very unfortunate that instead of a debate about the phenomenon of Rammstein most of the media in Germany took this issue as an opportunity to present Belarus in a negative way.
All the speculation about the alleged prohibition of the performance are hereby expressly rejected. Thousands of spectators from all over Belarus are looking forward to the Rammstein concert on March 7.
From the side of the embassy, I can add that all the artists and the technical team have successfully applied and received their visas. According to the organizers, the Minsk-Arena, is almost sold out.