In a fresh sign of Kremlin neo-Stalinism, it has been noticed that one of the leading cultural personalities who supposedly signed a support letter for Putin Crimea policy is, in fact, dead. The artist Victor Tsigal passed away in 2005. His brother Vladimir, who shared his initials V. E., died last year.
The discrepancy was spotted by Perm gallery owner, Marat Guelman and reported on twitter.
Three other names that originally appeared on the list – currently 511 signatories – have been mysteriously removed.
The Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, whose name still appears, has told Russian media that he knows nothing about it.