Unfortunately for the band the incident was captured on video. The incident occured at a concert in the Ukrainian city of Odessa on the 31st July 2013. The video shows Hasselhoff shouting “Don’t tell Putin” as he grabs a Russian flag from the wall behind and performs the stunt.
Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky described the band as “idiots” and said they were “packing their suitcases”. The bands performance at the Kubana festival was immediately cancelled. Festival organizer Ilya Ostrovsky told gazeta.ru: “We’re here to make friends or listen to music. We will not allow anyone to insult the inhabitants of any country.”