Necessary adjustments to the provision on insulting the feelings of believers – Piotrovsky

Saint-Petersburg. May 16. INTERFAX – the Main purpose of the new law on culture is to bring it from the scope of services for the public and for public institutions, said the Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky.

“We need to change the laws on public procurement, as they breed corruption, law on the Museum Fund to the Museum’s collection were really protected. In addition, there must be changes in the system of digital registration”, – said Mikhail Piotrovsky at the International legal forum in St. Petersburg on Wednesday.

In his opinion, clarification needs to be normal on insulting the feelings of believers, extremism. “Now very few people understand where the beginning is an insult,” – said the Director of the Hermitage.

He said that the law on insulting the feelings of believers does not provide that culture is a distinct sphere. “On the streets you can not put naked statues and in museums. The Museum is the dialogue of cultures is not the same, if you give Israeli companies an Orthodox Church. Culture needs to be protected from a variety of interventions,” – said Mikhail Piotrovsky.

“We need to define what public support, accessibility, introduce the concept of immunity of private collections”, – said Mikhail Piotrovsky.

In turn, the Chairman of the Duma Committee on culture Alexander Sholokhov noted the need to create a special form of culture management. “Pure custom attitude to culture does not allow to create works of art. The cultural institutions have economic activities and creative, and the second should be withdrawn from the sphere of state administration”, – he said.

In December 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed to develop a new law on culture. The head of state invited members of the Council for culture with colleagues and representatives of relevant agencies to undertake the development and writing of the draft law on culture and to create a working group. The President expressed the opinion that the new law should preserve and develop the existing successful forms of state support of culture.