Prime Minister Mishustin signed an order to cancel the award for director Tuminas Vakhtangov, where the latter wished “the bombing of Moscow”
Former artistic director of the Theater. Vakhtangov Rimas Tuminas was deprived of the 2021 Russian Government Prize in the field of culture, according to the decree of Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. ; says the document.
A decree was also published, according to which the decision to award the government can be changed before the award of the laureate diploma, honorary badge and certificate to it.
The theater announced the departure of Tuminas from the post of artistic director on May 6. They said that he had been on leave at his own expense in Lithuania since March 1 “for health reasons and in connection with the need for treatment.”
A few days before, pranksters Vovan and Lexus (Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov) posted a video on their RuTube channel with a conversation with Tuminas, in which he wished “Moscow bombing”.
The pranksters “decided to double-check this information”; and called Tuminas themselves. One of them, introducing himself as the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko, offered the director to stage the play “My Friend of Bandera” in one of the Ukrainian theaters. Tuminas agreed on the record— as well as the offer to stay in the Theater. Vakhtangov and conduct “sabotage activities” there. He also supported the “cancellation” of Russian cultural figures in Europe.
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After that, in an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets Tuminas said, “I knew it was a game. I was warned. Mediocrities are going to— it's their time now. They are the masters… All meanings were turned upside down, and at some point in the conversation the game ceased to be a game. For me it was unexpected. Because it was turned into a reprisal against me and the Vakhtangov Theater. The director said that his conversation with the “Ukrainian minister” mounted and the intention to “glorify Bandera” he did not speak Ukraine.
Tuminas won a government award last December for his production of Oedipus Rex. At the same time, the prize was awarded to theater director Kirill Krok.
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