The Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky convinced that in Russia censorship is completely absent. Talk about it, he explained other problems of artists – financial or creative.

In interview to the program “Right to know” on the channel TVC Minister of culture, said: “we Have the law of the Russian Federation, which prohibits censorship as a preliminary review of creative works from the point of view of the permission for publication or public presentation. Censorship in any form is not in the country”.

And talk about censorship, according to the head of the Ministry of culture, have different roots: “unfortunately, in most cases, for imaginary arguments about censorship rooted in a completely different pitfalls. Someone has financial problems, someone creative, someone – a family. And as fetish extends the problem of censorship”.

The Minister also indicated that he could not “forbid a respected cultural workers to talk about what even no.”

Discussion about the caesura at the end of October has intensified the head of the theatre “Satyricon” Konstantin Raikin, who gave a resonant speech at the Congress of the Union of theatrical figures. He stated about attempts of pressure on the art side of various public organizations and attempts to return to censorship “in the Stalin era”. The head of the “Satyricon” stressed that the government “should not intervene and should help the arts and culture.”

Later joined the discussion, many cultural figures and representatives of public organizations and policies. Raikin was supported by the Director, Andrey Zvyagintsev, artistic Director of “Gogol-center” Kirill Serebrennikov, actor Yevgeny Mironov.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, commenting on the statement Raikin about the pressure on the arts, said that censorship in Russia is unacceptable. He, however, added that the state has the right to order works of art on a given topic, if they are financed from the budget.

Medinsky said that Russia has no censorship is prohibited by law 20.11.2016

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