A violist is Putin’s Hero of LabourNews
The violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet has been honoured by president Putin as a Hero of Labour on Russia Day, 12 June.
He has been a craven collaborator of the regime.
Bashmet delivered a short speech on the supposed ‘cancellation’ of Russian culture in the West.
He said: ‘Today, when in some places they refuse Tchaikovsky, Pushkin, Chekhov, they, in fact, refuse their heart, their soul, that is, the very essence of our culture.’