A compulsory new lecture course, ‘The Cultural Policies in Russia’, was added to the Moscow Conservatoire syllabus this year.
From the beginning, there have been complaints that it amounts to state propaganda with Stalinist overtones.
A few days ago there appeared on Youtube a student reading aloud a list of ‘state enemies’ and ‘fifth columnists, among them some promnent cultural ersonalities.
He was reading it under the orders of professor Farida Kulmuhametova.
The student and the class tried to make light of the list, but the teacher’s intention was serious.
We understand that Ms Kulmuhametova resigned yesterday and has left the institution.