Elena Gremina: "Now we're afraid we are seeing censorship in post-Soviet Russia"

posted 9 Apr 2015, 00:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 9 Apr 2015, 00:49 ]
"We lived with censorship for many years in Soviet times. Now we're afraid that we are seeing censorship in post-Soviet Russia. It's a big danger."

- Elena Gremina, director of Teatr.doc

As Sarah Rainsford reported for the BBC (see below), Teatr.doc has organized in Moscow a reading by actors, poets and directors of extracts from classic works of Russian literature that were once banned as an act of solidarity with those experiencing a modern-day censorship scandal, in Siberia: the banning of a production of the Wagner opera Tannhauser for "offending religious believers". The performance included work by poets such as Anna Akhmatova and Osip Mandelstam who died in Stalin's Gulag camps.

Source: Sarah Rainsford, 'Russian row over Wagner opera ban in Siberia, BBC, 8 April 2015

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