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Season of Scandals

Author: Maria Antonova


Nov/Dec 2014
Social Issues
Page 18   ( 1 pages)


Summary: As summer turned into fall, a series of highly public spats broke out in Russia, with celebrities and cultural figures demonstrating deeply polarized attitudes about the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin, and history.


Extract:

As summer turned into fall, a series of highly public spats broke out in Russia, with celebrities and cultural figures demonstrating deeply polarized attitudes about the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin, and history.

In one such spat, famed Russian rocker Andrei Makarevich gave a concert in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine that had been under the control of pro-Russian separatist forces but then was recaptured by Kiev.

Makarevich, who publicly opposed the annexation of Crimea, faced a barrage of accusations. Pro-Kremlin film director Nikita Mikhalkov said that Makarevich’s concert was “as if [Soviet megastar] Claudia Shulzhenko sang in Nazi-occupied Minsk or Kiev, with swastikas hanging in the background.” Mikhalkov further chided Makarevich for not giving a concert for the rebels and for not rejoicing in Crimea’s annexation.

On the program BesogonTV (literally ExorcistTV), Mikhalkov gave an account of an interview with Marakevich in which he asked. “Why do you take advantage of everything good that is given to you – deserved of course – but by people you don’t respect and whom you condemn?”

Kseniya Sobchak, the socialite journalist who is the daughter of Putin’s former St. Petersburg boss, Anatoly Sobchak, fired back at Mikhalkov on Makarevich’s behalf: “You call on Makarevich to return his honors, but, Nikita Sergeyevich, I ask you to be consistent. Give back your Oscar to the vile Americans.” (Mikhalkov’s Burnt By the Sun won the 1994 Oscar for Best Foreign Film).

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