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Behemoth Detained By Russian Authorities

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Second Update: the band has now reportedly been released and returned to Poland. Get the details over here.

Update: the band's Facebook page has now posted this message (translated from Polish): "Looks like it's going to be a normal arrest. They'll take our phones soon. At 9am we'll have a court case, then a judgement and maybe a deportation."

A post on the Behemoth Facebook page from Nergal has stated the band is being detained in Russia due to some sort of visa problem. A translation of his statement reads:

"We've been stopped by the immigration services for 'wrong visas'. When I said that we will not move an inch from the club without someone from the polish embassy, they threatened to force us out. They took us in a bus, accompanied by 10 officers, to the building of Federal Migration Service.

"We tried to reach polish embassy in Jekaterinburg but no one is answering the phone. If possible - please copy this message and pass it everywhere you can. We may expect a multihour hearing. The concert is off for sure. The only thing we want is to get back to the hotel safely and then - to Poland. No matter how hard we try - we cannot pass it all. Regards."

This is just the latest in a string of misfortunes for the band, whose front man Noergal was previously put on trial for tearing up a Bible on stage during a concert. Nergal also recently beat leukemia and recovered to full health.

Behemoth's latest album "The Satanist" (reviewed here) was one of our most anticipated releases of the year and is out now.

And for those of you who are native Polish speakers, here's the original untranslated text:

"zostalismy zatrzymani przez sluzby imigracyjne pod pretekstem zlych wiz. Kiedy powiedzialem, ze nie ruszymy sie z klubu bez obecnosci kogos z polskiej ambasady zagrozili ze wywioza nas sila. Zabrali nas busem w towarzystwie ok 10 funkcjonariuszy do gmachu FMS (federal migration service). Próbowalismy sie dodzwonic do polskiej ambasady w ekaterinburgu ale nikt nie odbiera. Jesli mozna prosze skopiowac ta wiadomosc i podzielic sie nia wszedzie gdzie sie da. Teraz czeka nas pewnie wielogodzinne przesluchanie. Koncert sie na pewno nie odbedzie. Teraz juz tylko chcemy spokojnie wrócic do hotelu i w dalszej kolejnosci do Polski... Glowa tego muru nie rozbijemy. Pozdr."

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8 Comments on "Behemoth Detained In Russia"

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1. Ericka Hernandez writes:

Very unfair ..I'm hoping they get back to their country and that all goes well for them ..please fans of future concerts. Bear with them in this unfortunately time for them ..Love you Nergal. Orion. Seth and Inferno. Best wishes

# May 21, 2014 @ 5:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. jsjsjsj writes:

i think some body or some christians are plotting against them for being satanits and f russia i think that country b#tch any ways

# May 21, 2014 @ 6:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. spiral_architect writes:

IT'S CERTAINLY AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION FOR THE BAND. THEIR MANGAGEMENT SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THEIR VISAS CLEARED BEFORE THEY ENTERED THE COUNTRY.

# May 21, 2014 @ 6:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. spiral_architect writes:

ACTUALLY, IF THE BAND HAD "WRONG VISAS", RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES SHOULD HAVE NEVER LET THEM INTO THE COUNTRY TO BEGIN WITH!

# May 21, 2014 @ 6:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

f***, man!

# May 21, 2014 @ 7:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. scott fagman writes:

Lol, Polish embassy isnt interested, I wonder why.
The almighty has resurrected to cast a black cloud over behemoths daily living.
maybe that bible tearing display back in 08 had something to do with it.

# May 21, 2014 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Anton_S_L writes:

Sadly, now are very bad times in Russia. A lot of stupid a$$holes immediatly realized themself as "ortodox" and "christians". In fact they are just as f***in stupid a$$holes. Respect and best wishes to Behemot from russian fans.

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8. Blindgreed1 writes:

I'm certain post 6 hit the nail on the head regarding the incident in 08.

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