Exclusive: What Anna Netrebko did for President PutinUncategorized
In her bid to resume her career yesterday, the sanctioned Russian soprano said: ‘My position is clear. I am not a member of any political party nor am I allied with any leader of Russia.’
Really? This is not entirely in accordance with the documented facts.
Slippedisc.com has obtained a copy (below) of Netrebko’s direct involvement in Putin’s 2018 campaign for the presidency.
In this ‘Доверенное лицо кандидата в президенты (declaration of support)’ that she signs on Putin’s behalf with Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev, Netrebko affirms in a legal statement that she is acting as a proxy of a presidential candidate of the Russian Federation.
This proxy status is defined in state media (and Russian Wikipedia) as ‘a person who carries out campaign activities in favour of a candidate for the presidency of the Russian Federation, and in some cases may act on behalf of such a candidate. Proxies are appointed by a political party, which has nominated a presidential candidate of the Russian Federation, or by the candidate himself. They must be registered with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation.’
So: ‘Not a member of any political party nor am I allied with any leader of Russia’?
How does that look?
Netrebko’s statement has generally fallen flat. In a response to the New York Times, the Met’s Peter Gelb said: ‘We’re not prepared to change our position. If Anna demonstrates that she has truly and completely disassociated herself from Putin over the long term, I would be willing to have a conversation.