The gay electronic musician, who is best known as the creator of the popular electronic pop-punk band Pussy Riot, has announced he is ending his career in 2018.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work with some of the best and brightest in the world, but I’ve always been one to go for the big picture,” he wrote in a statement released on his official website.
“I am proud of the accomplishments of the last four years and look forward to the future.”
Gay musicians, whose music has been featured in films and television shows including “Parks and Recreation” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” were outraged by the announcement.
Pussy Riot released their second album, “Prayer for Russia,” in 2015, which they had hoped would herald the beginning of a new era of activism against Russia.
However, the group, who are known for performing and singing songs critical of Vladimir Putin, were convicted of hooliganism for protesting the Russian government’s response to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, which Russia won.
The group’s protest songs, which include lyrics about rape and sexual abuse, have become a global phenomenon.
It’s a movement that started with the protests at the 2012 Winter Olympics, which drew thousands of people to the streets of Moscow.
But as the protests have intensified, Russia’s authorities have used the case of Pussy Raiders to target gay musicians, forcing them to cancel concerts and tour.
In 2016, Russia passed a law banning gay pride parades, but the activists were able to hold the event despite the ban.
Since then, a number of gay musicians have been arrested or have faced jail time for participating in protests, including the Russian singer and former “Bruno Mars” singer Vladislav Belkovsky.
According to a 2016 study, the average prison sentence for gay men in Russia is 10 years.
Some gay musicians who have been targeted by authorities are seeking to sue the Russian authorities.