"Ex-Minister helps Bolshoi tackle its woes"
Posted 30 June 2013 - 12:41 PM
Posted 30 June 2013 - 02:02 PM
His intervention appears to indicate a government nudge to get both the Bolshoi Theatre’s management and employees to address the problems that have drawn opprobrium worldwide.
I'm not sure this conclusion is warranted. Pochinok has not been a government minister for nine years, and as the original article states, he represents the Civic Platform party, not Vladimir Putin's United Russia party. Mikhail Prokhorov, founder and leader of Civic Platform, ran against Putin in the 2012 presidential elections. I wouldn't really expect the government to side with the employees of any Russian theater. I would naturally expect it to back theater administrations, which serve at the government's pleasure.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 02:46 PM
Thanks for these clarifications, volcanohunter. I'm not at all familiar with politics in Russia. Still it looks like Alexander Pochinok is trying to move things in the right direction by informing everyone of what recourses are available. We can hope for the best.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:00 PM
Every theater has more employees than bigwigs. There are worse ways to build up your party base.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:19 PM
You can always hope for more. At least the matter is being kept in the public eye. I would hope that that's for the good.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:40 PM
To be sure, I hope he succeeds for the sake of the dancers of the Bolshoi, the Mariinsky and every other company in Russia. We just shouldn't assume that any plan he devises has the government's imprimatur and must therefore be accepted by the Bolshoi's administration.
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