The Russian Musician Vasya Oblomov, real name Vasily Goncharov, released the song “Now Far from Here” on Feb. 27, which he dedicated to “the one who gave people hope.” Although Alexei Navalny is not mentioned, there was no doubt to whom it was dedicated and why.

The lyrics of the song were written by the poet Leonid Kaganov. Both artists are long-time critics of the regime of President Vladimir Putin, in general, and his war in Ukraine, in particular.

Oblomov wrote on his X-Twitter account on Saturday: “Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, the single ‘Now Far from Here’ has become unavailable in Russia. We are working to fix this. Hopefully soon.”

On Sunday, the Sota Project wrote on Telegram that the song had disappeared from YouTube search results in Russia, as well as from Yandex. Music and the social media site VKontakte for users in all countries.


It can still be accessed in most Western European countries but many of the uploaded videos have no sound. The service's notice states that it was disabled at the request of the musician or his representative, although the veracity of this statement has not been confirmed by the musician.

The opening lines of the song say:

“Now there is an empty grave far from here.

We were waiting for a miracle to happen, and this is what it was.

It spoke to us, gave us faith for free

actions and words, irony and example for us

for the fulfillment of the word of the Bible.”

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The song can be accessed here:

                 Vasya Oblomov          Leonid Kaganov

Oblomov/Goncharov, 39, is a native of Rostov-on-Don and a trained lawyer. He founded the musical project “Cheboza” in 1999, founded and leads the band “Goncharov,” which was one of the first Russian bands to build its fan base through the internet rather than radio or TV. Popularity grew with live performances in Russia until 2022, when he and the band were banned after criticism of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.


Kaganov was originally trained in computer-aided design at the Moscow State Mining University before becoming a writer in 1995. He is the author of a number of books, film and television scripts, poetry and songs and is sometimes a TV presenter. He has worked with Oblomov on several projects and like his compatriot came out with strong condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in his blog.

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Joseph Swanson
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What? No in depth analysis by that stupid mofo John from Canada. And where is that fucking prick Bob Boomhauer. Fucking trolls.

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@Joseph Swanson, Hi troll version of "Joseph Swanson" ...a stolen account).

And your purpose in monitoring Kyivpost all day every day is what?

I volunteer to fight those trolls trying to sow dissent and falsehoods amongst Ukraine supporters

You however only insult authors, allied leaders, forum posters ...all who support Ukraines defence. You claim you are not a russian troll, but do you add nothing of substance back in exchange for your insults....nope.....typical russian troll behaviour.

If you feel you deserve the respect of anyone supporting Ukraine you need to first start acting like a Ukraine supporter.

If you only want to disincent Ukraine supporters with your insults and threats......fat chance. That game is worn out and ineffective. I'll be here till putins' MRGA trolls aren't.