Goth band drops lawsuit over “poodle” comment
Don’t call anyone a “trained poodle.” Or at least not the lead singer of a Russian goth band.
Vadim Samoilov, the lead singer of Agata Kristi sued a rock critic after being called a “trained poodle” of the Kremlin.
Let me back up. You, like me, probably have never heard of Agata Kristi. And after listening to a few of their songs, I’m not sure what to make of them. Based on their videos, The Cure seems to be a big influence, but I don’t hear it in the music. The origin of the band’s name is unclear, but according to some, the band formed in 1988 and performed for the first time on Agatha Christie’s birthday.
This week, Mr. Samoilov abandoned his slander lawsuit against the music critic. According to the Moscow Times, Mr. Samoilov “dropped the lawsuit after a linguistics expert ruled that the ‘poodle’ comment was criticism but not offensive.”
Moral of the story — I don’t really get Russian law.