Loyalty works both ways.
The violinist and chamber orchestra conductor Vladimir Spivakov has been quick to sign manifestos in support of the Russian president.
This weekend, the Kremlin reciprocated by publishing a 70th birthday telegram from Putin to his court violinist. It says, among other fond things: ‘Thank you for your many years of work and devotion to art, to the entire Russian society, our homeland, (and) for your enormous contribution to the increase of the national cultural heritage. ‘
Got that? Now read Gidon Kremer (here)…. And share.