It is impossible to “cancel” Russia and its culture, and those who believe otherwise have “not learned the lessons of history,” Putin said. Previously, he spoke about the “progressive discrimination” in the West of everything related to the country =”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >
Attempts to “undo” Russia and its culture are futile and will not succeed, President Vladimir Putin said in an address to the participants of the Tavrida.Art forum. The video was posted on the Kremlin website.
Putin called such aspirations stupidity, saying that those who hold a different point of view “unfortunately for them, have not learned the lessons of history.”
Forum participants (Tavrida.Art positions itself as a platform for young talents) are united by a belief in justice, love for the motherland, a desire for self-development and a desire to help people, Putin said. “It is these qualities, the qualities of the national character, that make our people invincible, and our thousand-year-old culture— great»,— he is convinced.
He thanked the participants of the festival, who “creative achievements, their deeds” support the Russian military participating in the operation in Ukraine, volunteers and fighters of the DNR and LNR.
After the outbreak of hostilities in Ukraine, Russian cultural figures faced the cancellation of their performances abroad or refusals to cooperate. For example, in early March, the Bavarian State Opera stopped working with opera singer Anna Netrebko and conductor Valery Gergiev. In this regard, the Russian authorities began to say that the country has become a victim of the cancellation culture in the West; the State Duma also complained about attempts to “cancel the achievements of Russia”; in the field of sports, and the Russian Foreign Ministry announced an “unprecedented level of Russophobia” in Europe.
Putin already touched on this topic at the end of March, saying that “progressive discrimination” was developing in the West; everything related to Russia: “Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov are excluded from concert posters. Russian writers and their books are prohibited».
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Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa also spoke out against the boycott of Russian culture. In the spring, the Ukrainian Film Academy expelled him from its membership and stated that the director considers himself a member of Russian culture, and he turned to his Ukrainian citizenship only in order to receive state funding.
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