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Soviet rocker vilified for defying Moscow on Ukraine

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MOSCOW - Non-conformist rocker Andrei Makarevich walked a thin line in Soviet times but his outspoken stance on Ukraine has seen him savagely pilloried by the Russian establishment. 

Russia's then First Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (C) with Russian rock group "Time Machine", including the group's leader Andrei Makarevich (R), in Barnaul, Russia on February 13, 2008

Russian media and officials have rounded on Makarevich, 60, for having "supported Kiev's anti-Russian policy" by playing a concert for refugees earlier this month in the eastern Ukrainian town of Svyatogorsk after government forces retook it from pro-Russian separatists after weeks of fighting.

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