Sergei Novikov is a Kremlin aide with close access to the president. He is the sole assistant to former prime minister Sergei Kiriyenko who has been charged with securing Putin’s next election victory in 2018.
But Sergei Novikov has a life. He’s an opera buff, especially Russian opera.
According to this report from a not-infallible source, he is putting on four concert performances in Moscow of Dargomyzhky’s Rusalka.
Rusalka is the story of a mermaid who cannot conceive, but ultimately does.
Novikov sees it as a political message in support of his anti-abortion foundation.
As the child in the opera he has cast a girl with Down’s Syndrome.