Amid the swathe of cuts that we have been reporting in Russian culture, one of the casualties is the definitive Tchaikovsky edition being prepared for his anniversary year, 2015, which Putin has declared Year of Tchaikovsky.
But for months there has been no money coming in from the Government. So the Tchaikovsky edition people went to see the deputy culture minister Grigory Ivlieva. His listened to their woes, then said, ‘who needs Tchaikovsky?’
Could it be that the new opera house which Putin has built for Valery Gergiev is draining all the money out of the system?