At a press conference in Munich, designed to allay criticism of his pro-Putin stance, Valery Gergiev said of Russia’s anti-gay law: ‘I do not know this law and I do not understand it.’
Gergiev has been criticised by Munich’s Pink List, a member of the city coalition, for supporting the ‘current hatred and persecution policy of the Putin government towards lesbian, gay and transgender people.’ He becomes music director of the Munich Philharmonic in 2015.
On other matters, our observer says that Gergiev offered praise – as he has done before – for the Putin government’s support for culture, a policy which has enabled him to build a second opera house within the Mariinsky complex in St Petersburg. It appears he yielded no ground to those who criticise him for supporting the authoritarian Russian regime.
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