In the West it’s still common sense: keep politics and arts separate, so don’t cancel the Russian culture. The Ukrainian theolog and philosopher...
While his film 'Leto' (Summer) is shown at the Rotterdam Film Festival, theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov is in court, accused of fraud and embezzlement of state subsidies. He has been under house arrest since summer 2017 in an investigation that Moscow's intellectual elite considers as a revenge for his avant-garde theater. According to literary scholar Ksenia Robbe, Leto is more than a film about rock legend Viktor Tsoi who died young and became a cult hero. It's a playful work on the spirit of freedom that inspires hope.by Ksenia Robbe
The picture of Putin's Russia that we are offered by Dutch media has fundamental gaps. Alongside the frauds and repression there are...