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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 July, 2005, 22:11 GMT 23:11 UK
Live 8 accounts: Moscow
We asked readers of the BBC News website to tell us about their day at a Live 8 concert.

Misha Kozyrev, a professional DJ, used his contacts in the music industry to secure a backstage pass for himself and his friend to Live 8 in Red Square, Moscow.

The finale of Live 8 Moscow
Misha Kozyrev sent us photos from the concert. You can send pictures of the Live 8 concerts to:

I risked quite a lot for this concert. My relationship for instance.

I was supposed to be travelling out of the city with my girlfriend this weekend until I decided to come to the Live 8 concert. She has just about forgiven me.

On my way to the concert I hailed a car, in Russia every car is a taxi - you just stick your hand out and anyone will pull over and agree a fare.

For the first time ever, it was an African driver and I took this as a good sign.

Kremlin bells

The stage itself was fantastic. It was on the bridge of Red Square with the Kremlin and cathedral in view. The Kremlin bells would ring out every hour, punctuating the acts, with special Russian significance.

Russians never saw any coverage of Live Aid in 1985 so people here didn't know what to expect or the significance of why they were organised.

One of the management came out and told everyone to get their mobile phones out.

He waited until everyone had found their phone, then he recited the numbers and told everyone that their text could help convince the G8 leaders to change the lives of millions of the world's poorest people.

A Russian anthem

There were lots of excellent Russian performances, Moral Code X and B-2 were particularly good.


I thought B-2's song about "losing your dream in silver and gold", helped remind you that there are thousands living less comfortable lives than yourself.

It should have been the anthem for the Moscow Live 8.

On the big screen they showed helicopter shots of the massive crowd at Hyde Park.

It made me feel connected to the world and that is a very rare feeling for a Russian.



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