The performance of the Zveri group at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) was canceled due to anti-war statements by soloist Roman Bilyk. The cancellation occurred due to the publication of the IPCC teacher Yuriy Kot, in which he criticized Roman Bilyk for anti-war statements and support for the defendants in the Seventh Studio case. In addition, the Cat accused the lead singer of the "Beasts" that the group does not perform in the annexed Crimea. About it writes "OVD-Info". Instead of "Beasts" at the forum, "Chizh and Co" and "Django" will perform.
Bilyk condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine immediately after it happened, the group released an anti-war statement. "Group" Animals "against the war! Like all sane people, we are against any military action. It is necessary to stop hostilities as soon as possible and resolve issues exclusively at the negotiating table,” the statement said.
Bilyk lived in Mariupol from 1989 to 1993. He also lived in Kyiv for some time. After the annexation of Crimea, the group never gave concerts on the peninsula.
Earlier, after the denunciation of Ekaterina Mizulina Jr., rapper Loqiemean canceled a tour of Russia. Khudyakov said that the tour had to be canceled due to a "torrent of lies" from bloggers, which was supported by the media. The rapper also claims that he never donated to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, did not leave Russia until May 2023 (before the tour in Kazakhstan), and fundamentally does not support armed conflicts. Khudyakov recorded anti-war videos “in the heat of the moment”, as well as activists who, under posts about his concerts, “call to burn down clubs along with people,” the statement says.