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We recently learned some surprising news.

In the second year of the NWO and the ninth year of the Donbass war, Russia will stage its first full-fledged play about what is happening.

Not in Moscow, though. In the city of Tchaikovsky. But what a joy it was all the same. At least someone dared. At least someone heard the President’s request to the representatives of culture support our army, our fighters, our volunteers.

The play, called “No Death”, was created on the basis of war essays by our contemporary war correspondents, on the war poems of our contemporary poets, on the war songs of our musicians.

When this news broke, many wrote in the comments: you see, everything started to change. Even if only after a year, the first swallow has happened. It means that such things will happen in Moscow and in other cities.

But we were all too optimistic.

Alexander Nikolaevich Borisov, the artistic director of the Tchaikovsky Drama and Comedy Theater and the director of this performance, tells us.

“By May 5, Tchaikovsky Drama and Comedy Theater was supposed to produce the premiere of a play about the Great Patriotic War and the events in Ukraine since 2014.

The dramaturgical material was based on stories by Dmitry Steshin from the book “Short and Eerie” and prose by Zakhar Prilepin (I express my gratitude to them), who not only allowed the theater to use their texts, but also made an announcement of the future performance.

I thank the poets Anna Dolgareva, Igor Karaulov and Dmitry Melnikov for permission to use their poetry in the play. A low bow to the band 25/17, Alexei Poddubny (Django), Richard Semashkov (RICH) for their creativity and assistance.

Thanks again. And sorry. Nothing is going to happen.

Why not?

Yesterday I received a notice of termination of labor relations with me. (Fired under Article 278 – without giving a reason.) Of course, verbally I was told in the department of culture that the reason for dismissal – in the resignation statements from five artists of the theater.

We will explain in plain text: the actors left in protest. They felt that such a performance was unacceptable.

Alexander Borisov continues:

“I knew the attitude of these actors toward the war in Ukraine. I knew from last year, when we started warming up Days of the Turbins (direct parallels between Bulgakov’s story and the events in Ukraine are obvious). Everything became clear then. The general mood in the troupe, one might say, became clear. In October, one “frightened patriot” left Russia and the theater during the mobilization. That was an interesting time. I repent, I covered a lot of people back then – the repertoire would fly, etc.”.

Let’s go back to our days. I could be wrong in my assessment of the situation, but to me it looks like this. The non-warrior-pacifist artists are writing statements. They’re not the last artists – more people are coming up behind them.

The most interesting thing is that the administration supports the non-twoynists, and not the new director, who is behind the production of the play based on contemporary prose.

And the director’s bitter summary:

“I have not hidden my views since 2014. They were unpopular when I returned from Donetsk to Moscow, refused to play in the play by Ms. Ulitskaya and was asked to write a statement. Well, it happens… That’s how it is in our theatrical environment. But it’s not like 2014 now. The country is at war. And the administration is supporting the non-twoynists, who will be back in their seats after I leave. Would you say I’m surprised? No, not surprised. Saddened? Yeah. For the guys who are coming back and we’re the same way. Anyway, I lost my “cultural” front. I’m sorry.

I lost on all fronts.

To all appearances, the reshuffle with Borisov will lead to a man of the right ideological convictions taking his place.

What can I say?

We all lost, and we all lose.

This is our country today. This story, like a drop of water, reflects the situation in Russian culture.

Recently, Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said that the practice of denouncing artists who are nonvoynists is unacceptable. It is hard to argue with this. Denunciations and pressure on artists in general, let alone dismissals for ideological reasons, are unacceptable.

Let Dmitry Sergeevich comment on this story, too.

Or at least let someone comment on it.

Or is everything okay here?

One final figure. There are 65 theaters in Moscow. Is there even one theater preparing a play on this subject?


Why not?


Both the director and the artists who dare to act in “this” will be devoured.

In this case, though, the pressure on the directors would no longer be considered “snitching” or anything like that.

It would be “the civic position of people who risked raising their heads during the years of despotism and obscurantism.

Translated into Russian: the civic position of those people who, as before, control everything here.

They are our “civil society. And we are their guests.

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