Denis Krivosheev: "No-one can deny the right to criticize a piece of art, but equally no-one, including the government and its proxies, should be allowed to forcibly impose their views on others”

posted 24 Oct 2016, 04:31 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Oct 2016, 04:35 ]
“This may be just one cancellation of one performance, but it is symptomatic of pro-government nationalist groups’ increasing influence on the cultural scene in modern Russia, where freedom of artistic expression is shrinking by the day. The Russian authorities’ flirtations with these ‘patriotic’ movements is effectively giving them a monopoly on opinion and a licence to use intimidation against those they see as a threat to ‘traditional’ values. No-one can deny the right to criticize a piece of art, but equally no-one, including the government and its proxies, should be allowed to forcibly impose their views on others.”

- Denis Krivosheev, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, on the cancellation of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar in the Siberian city of Omsk following pressure from a pro-Kremlin political group

Photo: Twitter @KrivoshD

Source:
'Russia: Jesus Christ Superstar cancellation highlights growing nationalist threat to freedom of expression,' Amnesty International, 18 October 2016
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