The Finnish soprano Karita Mattila has told her local paper, the Helsingin Sanomat, that she will not perform with Valery Gergiev or anyone else on the list of 500 Russian artists who endorsed Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea. She has already pulled out of one Carnegie date with him.
The Finns know all about Russian expansionism. They lost East Karelia, ten percent of their territory, in 1945.
Valery Gergiev may find himself less welcome there in future.