Several famous Russian musicians active on the western stage were forced to publicly condemn "Putin's aggression against Ukraine". Some of them were fired or threatened with dismissal because they refused to do so. This is a persecution of musicians and a gross violation of human rights.
Dzyev and Putin
On the evening of February 23, on the eve of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, jiejieev directed Tchaikovsky's Opera queen of spades at the Scala opera house. Before the performance, the Opera House union hoped that he could deliver a speech before and after the performance to convey the "message of hope and peace", but jiejieev did not do so. On the 24th, Scala opera house and the mayor of Milan issued an ultimatum to the conductor. If they did not express their personal position, they would suspend their cooperation and cancel all the remaining performances.
The latest victim is djieev, the chief conductor of the German Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. He has always refused to condemn President Putin's attack on Ukraine. After the mayor of Munich issued an ultimatum last Friday asking him to condemn "Putin's barbaric war against Ukraine" by February 28, he still refused to do so. As a result, he was dismissed from his position as chief commander on March 1. There are still three years before his contract expires.
At about the same time, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York announced on March 1 that it would ban artists and groups supporting Putin until the end of the war. American media mentioned the situation of Russian soprano Anna neribeko. Although she expressed her opposition to the war on her personal social account, she may become a victim of the ban order of the Metropolitan Opera House because she did not publicly draw a line with Putin.
"It is wrong to force artists or any public figure to make a political statement in public to deny their motherland," neribeko said She stressed that she was not a politician, but an artist. Her goal was to unite the people torn by politics.
Recently, western countries have cancelled their cooperation with Russian art groups and banned them from performing. If this is understandable for art groups, the dismissal of djieev by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the threat of neribeko by the Metropolitan Opera House of New York are all aimed at individuals, which is totally unacceptable. Those who want to leave their homes to make a living publicly scold their country and government, which is extremely rude and barbaric coercion. Everyone has the right to silence, even prisoners. In the right and wrong involving the motherland, the individual's right to silence should be respected, and the values based on place of birth and nationality should not be forced to change or desecrate. For many people, doing things that hurt their motherland is not only an act of remorse, but also a risk to themselves or their families. Therefore, public institutions can stipulate that employees do not say anything about political issues, but they have no right to require employees to say anything about their motherland.
Anna neribeko's performance ended
After the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine, neribeko was subjected to more and more criticism and protest threats because of her friendship with Putin. Her concert scheduled to be held in Aarhus, Denmark, on February 25 was cancelled.
The double standard of ideology in western society is shocking again. They often emphasize that their musicians and athletes have absolute "freedom of speech" and "freedom of non speech". They even think that their institutions have the same rights and are very resistant to any negotiation from the outside world. The French Charlie Weekly has made such a big mistake that the whole west supports its "absolute freedom of speech". But how can they manipulate the right of speech and non speech of Russian musicians so domineering now?
The western world used to be so dominated by politics and values. Previously, the United States suppressed Huawei, a Chinese high-tech company in the name of "national security", and arrested Meng Wanzhou in the name of not having to be guilty, which shocked many people. Now they are pressing Russian musicians who make a living there. I believe this information is a living political lesson for many Chinese people.
However, Lao Hu wanted to say that we should not take the barbaric invasion of politics in western society into international cultural exchanges as a reason for our Chinese society to follow suit. We have seen all kinds of paranoia in the western world. What we should do is to take a warning and strive to become more open and inclusive. It has to be said that the international community is being torn apart by one conflict after another. There will be more and more estrangement and even hostility in the world, and the communication between countries with different systems will continue to become more and more difficult. China cannot drift with the tide, and cannot face all frictions with your unkind and unjust logic, and gradually equate interaction with hostility. We should be more generous than western countries and accommodate more differences and differences.
It is conceivable that in the future, institutions and individuals engaged in international exchanges will become more difficult. They will often be caught in the middle and in a dilemma. Of course, Chinese society should pay attention to principles and defend its own bottom line of interests. At the same time, we should strive to form an inclusiveness that is higher than that of foreign countries on the whole. Tolerance is greatness. This is the philosophy of governing the world that has made Chinese civilization endless for thousands of years.
Screenshot of naribeko's statement on the situation in Russia and Ukraine is from naribeko's husband ivazov INS, whose own INS has been transferred to a private account