Friday, December 2, 2016

Putin instructed to deal with the prohibition of “Jesus Christ superstar” in Omsk, Russia – RIA Novosti


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St. PETERSBURG, 2 Jun — RIA Novosti. the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has charged to understand a situation with the prohibition of production of “Jesus Christ superstar” in Omsk.

Artistic Director of the Theatre of Nations Yevgeny Mironov, speaking at a joint meeting of the Council for culture and art and Council for the Russian language, said that in the theatre there were concerns about restrictions on the freedom of creativity. According to him, these concerns relate to illegal actions of the officials who were banned to show performances, Recalling the statements of the activists.

In the example, Mironov led a ban of the play “Jesus Christ superstar” in Omsk, noting that profoundest fear “chain reaction”, “when it happens in small towns, it could quickly spread.”

the President asked to clarify who banned the production, Mironov said that “the authorities”. “Power to any abstract or concrete, the government presented specific people?” — said the head of state.

Putin asked for clarification to the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky.

“I’m trying to understand now, Mr President. I’m not exactly prohibited,” — said Medinsky, adding that the Minister of culture of Omsk Victor Lapuhin “it never occurred to ban.”

Putin emphasized that “it would be necessary to deal with this”.

“you Know, these are the things we need to bring to a logical conclusion, just because from both parties to say, you are banned, and the second say, and we have nothing to do. We need to understand what is really happening. Only by understanding really what is happening you can make the right conclusions and take appropriate decisions”, — added the head of state.

At the end of the meeting, Putin again returned to the subject. He recalled that in Soviet times, the rock Opera “Jesus Christ superstar” was considered a classic and it was not forbidden, though not encouraged because it was considered religious propaganda.

And at the current state of the structures was not grounds for a ban, “because of the ROC relates to this positively, neutrally,” added the President, noting that, according to unofficial data, this work has even received the blessing of Patriarch Alexy II.


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