Medvedev: art should be free, it is unacceptable to prosecute the authors whose works have not been seen

Moscow. April 25. INTERFAX – Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said about the inadmissibility of persecution of artwork that nobody watched.

“Culture and art are synonymous with the diversity of our inner freedom,” – said Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday at a plenary session of the forum “Culture is a national priority.”

“I will not give here the different severe examples, they relate to the entire spectrum of our life ranging from politics, ending the family relationship. Naturally, all this hinders our development,” – said the Prime Minister.

“Instead of principles, of beliefs, respect for the opinions of others and work appears aggression and intolerance, and the aggression we see. This aggression is sometimes embodied in criminal acts, sometimes reduced to the pursuit of the author whose work is still nobody saw,” – said Dmitry Medvedev, calling for greater tolerance.

According to him, the task of the state is, “to ensure the realization of this freedom legislative and financial measures”.

As reported, attacks even before the appearance on the screens was subjected to the film by Alexei Uchitel “Matilda”. In particular, the Deputy of the state Duma Natalia Polonskaya appealed to the Prosecutor General with a request to conduct an audit in respect of the film, because, in her opinion, the film contains scenes that may offend the feelings of believers.

In the movie “Matilda” tells about the relationship of the heir to the throne, the future Emperor Nicholas II and the ballerina Matilda Kschessinska in the background of crucial events of national history. In the film, played by Lars eidinger, Mikhalina Olshansky, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Yevgeny Mironov, Sergei Garmash, Danila Kozlovsky and others. In Russian and foreign distribution of the film “Matilda” will be released on 26 October.