Mongolian rapper Amraa thrashed by Russian diplomat for wearing swastika
Mongolia was under the Soviet regime for decades during the Communist era and the country still hold Russian cultural influence endures in many forms, including music and the use of the Cyrillic alphabet
Mongolia's leading rapper was beaten up by a Russian diplomat after performing wearing a swastika, alleged the singer's lawyer.
Amarmandakh Sukhbaatar, popular as Amraa, was assaulted by a Russian diplomat after wearing a swastika, the traditional Mongolian symbol, at an event in Ulaanbaatar AFP reported.
Amraa, lead singer of Khar Sarnai – Black Rose – was wearing a red deel, a traditional Mongolian robe, embroidered with a swastika the report said.
Mongolia was under the Soviet regime for decades during the Communist era and the country still hold Russian cultural influence endures in many forms, including music and the use of the Cyrillic alphabet.
The swastika symbol invites anger among Russian as tens of millions of Soviet citizens died fighting against the forces of Nazi Germany in the Second World War.
According to Amraa’s father Sevjidiin Sukhbaatar, the singer was was in a coma for around 10 days after the assault.
"My son was hit in the face several times with a metal object and was seriously injured. His brain was seriously hurt,” Amraa’s father was quoted by AFP as saying.
Meanwhile, Attorney Gankhuugiin Batbayar said the suspect had not been detained.
"The suspect must be investigated according to Mongolian law, no matter his status or immunity as a diplomat," he said.
However, the Russian embassy said it was investigating press and social media reports of the incident.
"According to our preliminary information, [the reports] were distorted, particularly about the date, the number of participants and the circumstances of the accident," a statement from Russian embassy read.
"The suspect is a Russian diplomatic officer and the reason he wasn't kept in detention is the injury is not serious. It's not true that the suspect wasn't arrested because of diplomatic immunity," a police spokesman was quoted by the news agency as saying.