Authorities should not dictate their will to creative people - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the state and the authorities should not force their will on creators of culture because the principle of freedom of creativity is guaranteed by the Constitution.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the state and the authorities should not force their will on creators of culture because the principle of freedom of creativity is guaranteed by the Constitution.

"The right to freedom of creativity is guaranteed by the Constitution," Putin said at a joint meeting of the State Council and the council on culture and arts.

"No one, no administration has a right to dictate to painters, writers, producers, or any person its will and its ideas on what creatively talented people should do and how they should do it," the president said.

The president believes culture can only reach its heights "when two key conditions are fulfilled: loyalty to historical traditions and, secondly, broad freedom in creativity, thought, and spiritual development."

Creative people "often see things in a new way, in their own way, what was once considered unacceptable is now considered to be a model. Generally, you understand what I am talking about," Putin said.

This ability to be ahead of time "should be treated with care and respect," Putin said.

"No doubt, we should take into account the fact that a moral request to those who engage in cultural activities is now being formed in society. It is understandable because freedom of creativity often leads to pseudo-cultural surrogates, just pursuit of financial gain," Putin said.

However, Putin said there is nothing unusual or new in that. "All these problems are stated in the foundations of the state cultural policies, the authors of the strategy need to analyze them thoroughly and propose effective measures, uniting all creative, educational, and intellectual resources," Putin said.

Read more: A light in a dark place: Great works of culture created in the Gulag


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