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Nine Inch Nails stuck in Russian red tape

Nine Inch Nails got a big “Nyet!” this weekend when they tried to enter Russia for their two concert dates (Moscow on August 1st and St Petersburg on the 3rd).


The reason? Whoever was in charge of filing the band’s visa paperwork wrote down the wrong dates. The US Department of State site notes that the Russian government “maintains a restrictive and complicated visa regime for foreign travelers,” and mentions what might have caused the NIN snafu:

A Russia entry/exit visa has two dates written in the European style (day. month, year) as opposed to the American style (month/day/year). The first date indicates the earliest day a traveler may enter Russia; the second date indicates the date by which a traveler must leave Russia. A Russian visa is only valid for those exact dates.

The shows were reportedly canceled… but now it looks like someone out there in the Russian Federation is a Nine Inch Nails fan. As this photo of one of the guys in Moscow’s Red Square (uploaded today to the band’s website) attests, NIN are finally — and for what is apparently the first time — in the [former] USSR. You don’t know how lucky you are, boys.

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