OREANDA-NEWS Yuri Bardash, producer of the Quest Pistols, Mushrooms and Nerves groups who moved to Russia, commented on the charges brought by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in absentia. He is quoted by RT.

According to the media manager, he opened Ukrainians' eyes to what was happening in the country as much as possible. "Being in Russia, seeing how the country's leadership behaves with people here, I am in quiet shock. I saw something else in Ukraine. I saw [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky, how mercilessly they steal from the people, how the country is turned into nothing, into dust, into ruin," he said.

The Ukrainian producer added that he felt the need to become "the very mouthpiece that will communicate with people." "I think that this is the duty of any person who finds himself in such a situation and understands what is happening. That's what I've been doing for two years," Bardash concluded.

Earlier, the SBU charged Bardash in absentia with violating four articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The producer is suspected of publicly calling for a change in the constitutional order, distributing materials calling for a change in the borders of Ukraine, propaganda of war, as well as justifying Russia's actions.

In 2024, the producer who supported the special military operation received a Russian passport. Prior to that, Bardash was entered into the database of the Ukrainian website "Peacemaker" after stating that in recent years "maximum lawlessness" has been taking place on the territory of Ukraine.