Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov commented on the statement of the artistic Director of Satirikon theatre Konstantin Raikin at the Congress of the Union of theatrical figures about the return of censorship and government involvement in the fight for morality and freedom of creativity. A Kremlin spokesman assured the radio “Moscow speaking”that, as such censorship is unacceptable.

Peskov said that the theme of censorship is constantly being raised at meetings of Vladimir Putin with representatives of theatrical and cinematic activities. “It is necessary to clearly differentiate those performances, those works which are put or removed for public money, and those that are taken with the involvement of some other sources of funding. If the government gives money to some production, the state has the right to designate a particular topic. The state orders a particular topic. Again, this is not censorship,” he said.

Review of one of the Pro-Kremlin minded participants in the struggle for morality was somewhat more Frank. “The devil always tempts freedom!” said National news service the President of the motorcycle club “Night wolves” Alexander “Surgeon” Zaldostanov. “Under the guise of freedom, these Raikin want to turn the country into the gutter, where sewage would flow. To do nothing we will not, and I will do anything to protect us from American democracy. Despite all the repression, which they spread worldwide!” – said the leader of the motorcycle club, received from the state 266 hectares of land in the Crimea.

The surgeon said that today Russia is “the only country who do have freedom.” “Raikin in America would not exist, and we exist,” he says.

We will remind, the artistic Director of “Satirikon” raised the issue of repeated “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.

“These groups allegedly offended people who are close plays, close the show, very blatantly behave, which is very strange power neutral, distanciruemsa. I think that is an outrageous infringement on the freedom of creativity,” continued the Director.
“I do not believe these groups of indignant and offended people, who, you see, the religious feelings insulted. Do not believe! Believe that they paid for. So – it’s a group of nasty people who are nasty illegal ways for morality, you see,” said Raikin, urging colleagues “not to pretend that the government is the only bearer of morality”.

Add, the week before performances of Konstantin Raikin called a press conference and stated that “Satyricon” was on the verge of closing. He said that he had appealed to the Ministry of culture with the request to allocate funds theatre for the next performance. Officials promised to consider the request.

“The government orders the subject, but this is not censorship”: the Kremlin has commented on the scandalous speech Raikin 25.10.2016

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