Russian rapper commits suicide instead of joining Putin’s war on Ukraine
“I choose to remain in history forever as a man who did not support what was happening.”
On September 30, Russian rapper Walkie is believed to have committed suicide instead of joining forces for Russia’s war on Ukraine. The 27-year-old MC released a video on Telegram that stated, “If you are watching this video, then I am no longer alive. I can't take the sin of murder on my soul and I don't want to. I am not ready to kill for any ideals. I choose to remain in history forever. As a man who did not support what was happening. I am not ready to take up arms and kill my own kind.”
Walkie had released 10 albums over his career and just recently put out ‘Нейротоксин,’ which has more than two million streams on Spotify. The rapper had served in the Russian Army before and was called up again to go fight on September 21 by President Putin. When he couldn't get a deferment for mental illness, Walkie decided to end his life by jumping off a building in the city of Krasnodar.
Since Putin announced the call up to the Russian army, more than 200,000 males of serving age have fled the country. The outflow of people has caused Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, and Poland to shut their doors to any incoming Russians for the time being.