Dec 122013
Tsiskaridze in festive mood - by Mikhail Logvinov (Bolshoi Theatre)

Tsis­karidze in fest­ive mood — by Mikhail Logvinov ()

The Rus­sian Min­istry of Cul­ture has said that the let­ter sent to Vladi­mir Putin by the staff of the Academy, ask­ing for the removal of as its dir­ector, is a forgery.

The let­ter said that the announced removal of the dir­ector Vera Doro­feyeva, and the artistic dir­ector, Altynai Asylmur­atova, would cause “irre­par­able dam­age” to the insti­tu­tion but inter­rupt­ing the con­tinu­ity of tra­di­tion. It fin­ished by say­ing that it was a “crim­inal decision”. Attached were the sig­na­tures of more than 100 rep­res­ent­at­ives of the Vag­an­ova Academy and the neigh­bour­ing Mari­in­sky Theatre.

The Min­istry con­duc­ted a straw poll check on the sig­nat­or­ies — reports Izves­tia —  find­ing that 32 of them had not signed the let­ter, and their names had been added by another.

The Deputy Cul­ture Min­is­ter, Gregory Ivliev, said that those who had signed the let­ter had signed one that was sub­stan­tially dif­fer­ent from the one that was sent, “…in par­tic­u­lar, the require­ment to can­cel the appoint­ment of Nikolai Tsis­karidze, act­ing Dir­ector of the Academy”.

The Min­istry of Cul­ture told Izves­tia that no fur­ther action will be taken by the Depart­ment of Cul­ture of the Rus­sian government.

First Soloist at the , Ilya Kuznet­sov, said,

People who work in the academy are very scared… Of course they will say that the sig­na­ture is not theirs. Many teach­ers are approach­ing retire­ment age, and know that if they lose their jobs, they won’t be able to work else­where. I know that the let­ter was signed in the pres­ence of oth­ers, so I do not believe that the col­lec­tion of sig­na­tures was con­duc­ted unfairly.

  One Response to “Russian Ministry says Vaganova letter against Tsiskaridze is forged”

  1. The Cul­ture Min­istry would say that, wouldn’t they?

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