Could Cultural Repressions Spark Next Russian Silver Age?

William Echols

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In a Russia increasingly hemmed in with swearing bans, neo-Soviet censors and more, will a new generation of artists rise amidst a growing sense of cultural repression?

The Leviathan comes after Zvyagintsev. Orthodox activists smashing “blasphemous art.” “Cossacks crushing Mephisto on the streets of St. Petersburg. Cinematic expression treated as a Nazi plot.

With an inchoate sense of traditional values, which is oft defined more by what it’s opposed to than what it supports, Russia’s beleaguered art scene is under fire from forces that are certainly destructive, but not creative…

Read the full article at Russia! Magazine. 

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