Gergiev wins humanitarian award

Gergiev wins humanitarian award


norman lebrecht

June 10, 2016

Valery Gergiev was yesterday awarded the Russia State Prize for outstanding humanitarian achievements by President Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin.

To be a great humanitarian in Russia is to endorse all of Putin’s activities.

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Gergiev conducts in ‘liberated’ Palmyra


  • Music man says:

    That noise you heard was Slava groaning in his grave.

  • Milka says:

    A never ending farce … they have no shame

  • Paul says:

    Excuse me, but have you ever heard of anyone brave enough to take an entire orchestra into a war torn area with bombing still within earshot to perform a classical concert? Or has in fact any other country ever attempted something similar? This man definitely deserves a peace prize for this action alone regardless of what you may think of Putin or any of Russia’s past policies. Watch the concert yourself before commenting (especially for the Bach Chaconne which begins at 11:55):

  • musician says:

    Bravo Paul! You really know the score. And if Gergiev had said no way to this political opportunity…?

  • M2N2K says:

    Compared to Putin, Gergiev is a great humanitarian indeed: at least he never had anyone murdered, as far as we know.

  • Cyril Blair says:

    This made me laugh so hard.

  • David Nice says:

    Let’s just go back to Gergiev’s ‘this law is to protect our children’ line about the anti-gay measures in Russia and see how only yesterday two men were arrested for laying flowers at the American Embassy in Moscow to show solidarity with Orlando. An ultra-orthodox movement jeering at them called the police. Any connection?