“Denounce Putin, or Be Blacklisted”
From Heather MacDonald (City Journal), a detailed article; here’s an excerpt:
Russian musicians are being asked to condemn President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine to retain jobs and performing engagements in the West. Staying above the fray is not an option, and denouncing the war will not ward off cancellation. Russian musicians must criticize Putin by name or be blacklisted….
The most recent casualty of the compelled-speech norm is 20-year-old pianist Alexander Malofeev…. Malofeev has no known ties to Putin and has not defended Putin or the Ukrainian invasion. Nevertheless, the Vancouver Recital Society cancelled his contract for an August 2022 recital. Artistic director Leila Getz explained
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