Cutting works by Russian artists is ‘stupid’, says Pussy Riot member | Pussy Riot | The Guardian

Maria “Masha” Alyokhina, one of Pussy Riot’s founding members, was responding to a string of decisions by cultural and intellectual institutions to cut Russian works, including the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra removing pieces by the composer Tchaikovsky from its programme, the Royal Opera House eliminating the Bolshoi ballet from its summer season, an Italian university cancelling lectures on Dostoevsky, and Netflix paused an adaptation of Anna Karenina.

“I think it’s just stupid,” Alyokhina said. “It’s not Tchaikovsky who invaded Ukraine. There’s no sense banning Tchaikovsky, but there will be sense in banning all Russian oil and gas.”

She added that as a Russian artist performing in Europe she hadn’t experienced any Russophobia since the start of the war. “It’s just irrelevant – we should be united as an artistic community to build the anti-war movement.”

Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarussian Nobel prize winner who writes in Russian, recently told the Hay festival that a major Hollywood film studio had cancelled an adaptation of her book the Unwomanly Face of War on grounds that images of Russian women in military uniforms “wouldn’t be accepted by audiences in the west”, although she argued that the book is about the universal human experience of war.

Alyokhina was speaking to coincide with the inclusion of her group’s Riot Days show in the Gulbenkian Arts Centre at the University of Kent in autumn. She said the show, in which she performs with fellow members Olga Borisova and Diana Burkot, was a “statement of solidarity with Ukraine” that shows “Putin’s regime from the inside”.

 

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