The Russian Ministry of Culture has said that the letter sent to Vladimir Putin by the staff of the Vaganova Academy, asking for the removal of Nikolai Tsiskaridze 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.… [continue reading]