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Russia’s Culture Minister Fires Theater Director For Staging Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser”

Bayreuth, Festspiele, "Tannhäuser", SchlussRussia’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky on Sunday fired the director of a Siberian theater. Boris Mezdrich as director of the Novosibirsk State Opera and Ballet Theater had committed the sin of staging Wagner’s opera “Tannhauser” which offended the powerful Russian Orthodox Church. It is the latest example of the rollback on free speech under the Putin regime.

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