Posted on March 25, 2022

Putin Says Russian Culture Being ‘Cancelled’ Like J.K. Rowling

Conor Humphries, Reuters, March 25, 2022

President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of trying to cancel Russia’s rich musical and literary culture, including composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninov, in the same way he said it had cancelled “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.

Speaking in a meeting with leading cultural figures broadcast on national television, Putin complained of the cancellation of a number of Russian cultural events in recent weeks and compared it to actions taken by Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

“Not so long ago, the children’s writer J.K. Rowling was also cancelled because she … did not please the fans of so-called gender freedoms,” Putin told the meeting, referring to controversy sparked by the “Harry Potter” author’s opinions on transgender issues.

“Today they are trying to cancel a whole thousand-year culture, our people,” he said. {snip}


Several events involving Russian cultural figures who have voiced support for the war have been cancelled, including some involving Valery Gergiev, general director of the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre {snip}

Gergiev has been dismissed as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic {snip}

Spain’s Teatro Real, one of Europe’s major opera houses, has cancelled performances later this year by Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet. {snip}


The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra dropped a concert of Tchaikovsky’s music from its programme, and media reports have said orchestras in Japan and Croatia took similar decisions.