Kazakhstan: Birthday Spoiler for Nazarbayev as Sting Cancels Astana Concert
Joanna Lillis Jul 4, 2011
Pop star Sting has been stung yet again by his musical machinations in the Stans.
After agreeing to wow an audience in the Kazakh capital on July 4 as part of Astana’s annual city day celebrations, which just happen to coincide with the birthday of strongman President Nursultan Nazarbayev on July 6, he abruptly announced the day before the concert that he’s pulling out. It seems Sting has had an attack of conscience over the treatment of protesting oil workers in western Kazakhstan, which he said was brought to his attention by Amnesty International.
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