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Pro-Kremlin Russian Jazz Icon Roasted Over U.S. Citizenship

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A Russian jazz icon and ally of President Vladimir Putin has drawn scorn from the opposition over his U.S. citizenship after Washington purportedly asked him to refrain from attending a music festival in Russian-occupied Crimea.
 
Kremlin critics have accused Igor Butman, a jazzman whom former U.S. President Bill Clinton once called his “favorite living saxophone player,” of hypocrisy for holding a U.S. passport while serving as a senior official in Putin’s ruling United Russia party.
 
“A member of the high council of Russia’s ruling party officially renounces his allegiance and fidelity to Russia, having sworn to defend the U.S. by bearing arms,” Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny wrote on August 31, citing the oath of allegiance that naturalized U.S. citizens are required to give. 
 

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Pro-Kremlin Russian Jazz Icon Roasted Over U.S. Citizenship

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