The West has “declared complete battle” on the “Russian world,” Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned at a gathering of Russian officers Friday.
“No person is hiding this now, it’s already reaching the purpose of absurdity,” Lavrov mentioned, accusing Western international locations of “canceling” Russian tradition. “Classics are prohibited: Tchaikovsky, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pushkin. Staff of nationwide tradition and artwork, who signify our tradition as we speak, are additionally being persecuted.”
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted a slew of boycotts of Russian merchandise internationally. Bartenders in the USA pulled Russian-made vodka from their cabinets, sports activities leagues sidelined Russian athletes and a well-known Russian opera singer was disinvited from New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Movie festivals additionally withdrew Russian titles.
The boycotts of sure merchandise and Russian cultural figures have attracted criticism from some within the West as effectively. A college in Milan in early March canceled a category on 19th-century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky to “keep away from any controversy, in a second of excessive stress.” A backlash ensued, prompting the college to reverse the choice.
“All in all, we will say with confidence that this case might be with us for a very long time, and we have to be ready for the truth that it has revealed the West’s true angle to these lovely slogans that had been put ahead 30 years in the past after the tip of the Chilly Struggle, about common human values,” Lavrov mentioned. “We now see the value of those phrases.”