Russian power is tightening its grip on culture

In February 2022, Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a schism broke out in the world of culture in Russia between artists who condemned what Putin called "special operation" and they left the country, either quietly or with fanfare, and those who remained loyal to the Kremlin.

One year later, Russian power is consolidating its takeover of culture, tightening the noose against artists critical of the government. Especially those who have a large audience.

In recent days, there are two examples that illustrate this drift. The writer Dmitry Glukhovsky he began to be tried in absentia on Tuesday. This best-selling author, who was listed as "foreign agent" after leaving Russiais accused of falsifying information about the Russian armed forces and could be sentenced, at the very least, to a heavy fine.

Another artist listed as "foreign agent"who is also on trial in absentia this week, is rapper Oxxymiron. His protest songs have been very popular among young people for a long time. One of them about school shootings was banned after being considered as "extremist".

Another of his songs could be banned. It is one that speaks of Saint Petersburg, but with coded words that everyone in Russia knows very well that evokes the dream of a country that will one day finally be free.

One sign of Oxxymiron’s enormous success is that despite YouTube being reportedly banned in Russia, that song has garnered 15 million views on that platform since mid-September.

Successful artists in Russia

Which artists then have the support of the authorities? Those who are well regarded by the government, among them the young blond Shaman, winner of a television talent show.

now your song "I am Russian" It sounds on all radios and televisions in the country. Shaman sings at official concerts, such as the one at the Luzhniki stadium to commemorate the first anniversary of what the government continues to call "the special operation in Ukraine".

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Tickets for his concerts are 30% more expensive than average, but he still has a large audience. The new idol that the government promotes among young people fills the theaters. Shaman also acts free on the ground in the Donbass for the Russian army.

Forced to sing Putin’s favorite song

Another illustration of the authorities’ attempt to exercise greater control of the cultural environment has been a raid by the riot police, OMON, which has caused a stir among many Muscovites.

Several men broke into two bars in the center of Moscow on the night of March 17, wearing helmets and black clothing. The owners were accused of raising money for the Ukrainian army.

During that raid, After verifying the identity of the people present, there were numerous arrests. A client was forced to paint on a window the "z"a letter that has become synonymous with the so-called “special operation” of the Russian army in Ukraine.

That night the police forced some young customers to sing for the cameras a song by Vladimir Putin’s favorite group, "Lyub√®".

This week also saw the dismissal of the director of the Pushkin Museum. She was replaced by a former member of the pro-Kremlin youth movement., who also worked at the Home Office in the past. In February, there were also two management changes at two famous museums: the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. In both cases, personalities close to the government took the reins.

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