The Ministry of culture said that the artistic Director of Satirikon theatre Konstantin Raikin, it is not necessary to comment on the results of a closed-door meeting of the leadership of the theatre with the head of Department, and his complaints about the censorship there listened and found it groundless. The leadership of the theater has offered “not to multiply entities” and stop the discussion after brought by the Minister of culture of apology.

Sunday on the theatre’s website appeared an explanation about the meeting, which reported the day before in the Ministry of culture. Then, officials report that it has agreed with theatre management to resolve service issues without involving the media.

In the theater found it necessary to specify that Raikin participated in the discussion by phone while on tour in Novosibirsk. “The Minister Vladimir Medina on the phone apologized personally to Konstantin Raikin for offensive language and the tone of the first Deputy Minister of culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Aristarkhov, which he did in the address of the art Director “the Satyricon” at the meeting in the Public chamber on 17 October 2016,” – said in a press release from the theater. Both sides “expressed regret about the current wrong situation and agreed on further mutual cooperation in the peaceful working order”.

However, the discussion did not end there. Your explanations gave TASS the Deputy Minister of culture of the Russian Federation Alexander Zhuravsky, who was present at the meeting together with the head of Department Vladimir Medinsky and Director of the “Satirikon” Anatoliy Balanchinym.

“The Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation has done everything possible to achieve peace in the theatrical community. We thought the matter was settled. However, the leadership of the “Satyricon” continues to comment on the situation, presenting all the new details that, as we saw, is already history,” – said Zhuravskii.

He does not think that “all that was said, must be subject to public debate, and any phrase taken out of context become distorted meaning.” “The Minister has apologized, if someone from our Ministerial staff in the heat of debate wittingly or unwittingly personally offended Konstantin Arkadievich. This does not apply to the substantive side that opens the discussion”, – said the Deputy Minister.

The Director of “Satyricon” Palanquin in comments TASS said that Raikin didn’t apologise Medina for his words concerning the censorship, because I am convinced they are correct.

Zhuravskii also said that the apology of the Minister Medinsky should not be interpreted as consent authorities with the position of the actor. “The Ministry still believes, overall, fair his assessment of the financial capacity of the theatre, and claims of censorship – emotional and baseless,” – said the official.

Raikin, 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, 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.

The role of artistic Director of “Satyricon” was supported by the Director Andrey Zvyagintsev and actor Oleg Tabakov.



The Ministry of culture announced the “unfounded” claims Raikin on censorship 30.10.2016

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