“I was told that (theater director) Timofey Kulyabin had shown creative courage. And I asked in return: “Are you a very courageous person? Replace Christ with Muhammad. The latter’s canonical biography has little-studied moments as well. Let us add our own fantasies into it. Are you afraid you will not be able to return home on the same day? And how about inventing a new interpretation of the history of Holocaust? Why are you not undertaking such a venture? That is by no means creative courage; but rather folly and provocation. Alas, provocation is the easiest way to fame.”

Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Federation’s Minister of Culture


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