Censoring Culture

Source: HRO.org (info), 17/04/12

· Freedom of expression

The TV channel Kultura has censored the broadcast of a speech by director Kirill Serebrennikov at the Golden Mask award ceremony on 16 April. Kirill Serebrennikov, who received an award for the play The Scumbags (Otmorozki) based on the books of Zakhar Prilepin, published on Facebook the closing section of his speech that had not been broadcast: “I would like to dedicate this prize to all those people who are fighting in Russia for justice, who are doing this on the squares of our cities, who are serving terms in prison, who are on hunger strike …I am convinced that the Truth will always win out over lies, theft and obscurity.”

Grani.ru reports that only the first part of the phrase about fighting for justice was broadcast by Kultura. Serebrennikov writes that it was especially important for him to say precisely these words. “After all I said nothing terrible, I asked no awkward questions and pronounced no political slogans,” the laureate said.

The 18th Golden Mask award ceremony took place on 16 April at the Bolshoi Theatre. The main prize for the best play of the season went to Andrei Moguchy for his play Happiness staged at the Aleksandrinsky theatre. Serebrennikov was awarded the Golden Mask in the category of “small play”. Otmorozki was staged by Serebrennikov and his students at the Seventh Studio, a student theatre. This year was the first time that student theatres took part in the competition. The play was based on the novel San’kya by Zakhar Prilepin about a young member of the National Bolshevik party.

A Golden Mask was also awarded to Evgeny Morozov for his performance as the main character in the play Caligula at the Theatre of Nations.

On 8 April at the Nika film award ceremony there was a public conflict between Evgeny Mironov and Kseniya Sobchak, who was hosting the event. After a special award had been given to Chulpan Khamatova for her philanthropic work, Kseniya Sobchak asked her about her support for Vladimir Putin in the elections. This incident was broadcast on Channel One.
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19 Apr 2012, 14:17