Russian and Soviet singer Lev Leshchenko complained that due to the pandemic, many pop singers were on the brink of poverty.
He told about this in an interview Moscow says.
According to Leshchenko, he himself had to turn to friends for help.
“I’m not talking about our 20-30 stars, yes, they have saved up some money, but the rest of the people are in poverty,” he said.
He also complained that artists, unlike retirees, do not even receive a pension.
“For seven or eight months there are no concerts, no means of subsistence, people have no bread,” added Leshchenko.
Despite the fact that there have been no concerts for more than six months, the artists have not been exempted from the tax burden. So they continue to pay, in particular, transport tax and property tax.
“Imagine how you can live for seven months without getting a penny of money at all. Well, grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers, and fathers are helping, ”the singer said.
As previously reported, singer and producer Valery Meladze earlier called on Russian stars to boycott filming in entertainment programs for the New Year. He did this in order to draw attention to the unenviable position of the local stage.