RUSSIA,UKRAINE: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the West of trying to cancel Russia’s rich musical and literary culture, including composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Sergei Rachmaninov, in the same way he said it had cancelled “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling.
Speaking in a meeting with leading cultural figures broadcast on national television, Putin complained of the cancellation of a number of Russian cultural events in recent weeks and compared it to actions taken by Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
“Not so long ago, the children’s writer J.K. Rowling was also cancelled because she … did not please the fans of so-called gender freedoms,” Putin told the meeting, referring to controversy sparked by the “Harry Potter” author’s opinions on transgender issues.
“Today they are trying to cancel a whole thousand-year culture, our people,” he said. “I am talking about the gradual discrimination against everything linked to Russia.”
“The last time such a mass campaign to destroy objectionable literature was carried out, it was by the Nazis in Germany almost 90 years ago,” Putin said.
Meanwhile, British author J K Rowling has pushed backed after Russian President Vladimir Putin dragged her in his critique of Western “cancel culture”.
“Critiques of Western cancel culture are possibly not best made by those currently slaughtering civilians for the crime of resistance, or who jail and poison their critics,” Rowling wrote on Twitter while sharing a link to an article about jailed Putin critic Alexei Navalny.
Ukranian Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzhaparova said the Ukraine conflict has unleashed a “Third World War” over misinformation,while experts warned of the difficulty in convincing Russians what their army is doing.
Russia’s war on Ukraine has also forced a profound change in the way big tech companies are handling information, experts told the Doha Forum at which the Deputy Foreign Minister put Ukraine’s case.
“I believe we are entering a Third World War, not a conventional conflict but an information war,” said Dzhaparova, a former journalist.
– THE HINDUSTAN TIMES, INDIA TODAY