First Deputy head of the presidential administration Sergei Kiriyenko against the backdrop of fierce discussion within the society after the statement of the art Director of theatre “Satyricon” Konstantin Raikin, who spoke against censorship and moralizing, met with hydrocam the biggest theatres of Moscow and St. Petersburg, reports RBC with reference to one of the participants.

This information to journalists was confirmed by another source in the Kremlin. The meeting was held on Wednesday, November 9, in the presidential administration, which was attended by about ten people. It is reported that the conversation was also attended by the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky. At the end of October it was reported that the Minister met with Raikin and agreed to resolve the issues “without the involvement of the media”.

A source in the Kremlin told journalists that the meeting was “in the format of previous meetings Kirienko – from political scientists, sociologists and other leaders of public opinion”: “the Objective of these meetings is to discuss topical issues on the agenda and to predict the challenges in the next year”.

Konstantin Raikin confirmed to journalists that attended the meeting. According to him, the dialogue participants raised the issue of censorship in art. Artistic Director of theatre “Lenkom” mark Zaharov, in turn, was also present at the meeting said that they discussed the question previously raised Raikin.

The art Director of theatre “Satyricon” in his resonant speech in a rigid form expressed about censorship and the struggle of the state for morality, calling colleagues on a creative workshop to protect the exhibitions and performances from the “groups offended”.

Separately Raikin raised the subject of recurring “attacks on the arts,” noting that he personally believes the ban censorship “greatest event” in the life of the country. In addition, Raikin expressed concern that the authorities distanciruemsa from those people who advocate the closure of exhibitions and cancellation of performances.

Position Raikin since his resonant speech was supported by the Director Andrey Zvyagintsev, actor Oleg Tabakov and journalist Vladimir Pozner. Censorship was expressed by the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov and biker Alexander Zaldostanov (Surgeon). The rider in the Kremlin encouraged to apologize.

Kiriyenko met with hydrocam theatres after critical speech Raikin 12.11.2016

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