The Russian people are known for their sense of humor and not taking themselves too seriously. That’s why their reaction to what an American band did seems so strange.
While touring in Ukraine (the country formerly known as “The Ukraine”), Jared Hasselhoff, bassist of the Bloodhound Gang, and put a Russian flag down his pants. Apparently the Ukrainians have a soft spot for their former rulers, and someone ratted on them when they got to their next tour stop, Russia.
The band was promptly kicked out of the country. So, if you insult a piece of fabric, you’re gone, mister. But if you leak hundreds of secret U.S. documents, and no other country will accept you, well come on in!
(Also, apparently the Bloodhound Gang is still around.)