Russia: Putin proposes development of new law on culture

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed the development of a new law on culture, at a meeting with Russian Council for Culture and Art in Moscow on Thursday. Putin stated, «the law has to go through a process of wide public discussion. In the future law it is important to clearly reflect features specific to the cultural sphere, its comprehensive character and its significance as a mission for... Еще the common good.» The head of state invited the members of the Culture Council, «with their colleagues and representatives of the field’s departments set about devising and writing the draft of the new culture law and creating a relevant working group.» Putin also commented on famous Russian stage director Kirill Serebrennikov, who is currently under the house arrest, stating that if «if it was the persecution instead of the investigation, his show wouldn’t have been staged at the Bolshoi theatre.» He noted that the «sensitive» issue of the ongoing legal procedures over Serebrennikov «should be treated more attentively.»

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