Spain will not collaborate with Russian culture that depends on Putin

Spain will not collaborate with Russian culture that depends on Putin

Picture of Carlos V with his armor, in the Prado Museum. / CR

Iceta cancels the transfer of several imperial armor for an exhibition of these historical pieces in Moscow

Jose Antonio Guerrero

Spain will not collaborate with any Russian cultural institution that reports directly to the Government of Vladimir Putin. This was stated this Thursday by the Minister of Culture, Miquel Iceta, in 'La Hora de la 1', on TVE.

The measure is part of our country's condemnation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and an attempt to isolate "all those who do not distance themselves" from the decisions of the Russian president, according to Iceta.

The ceded armours, luxury objects and testimonies of the imperial power of Carlos V and Felipe II, are already being transferred back to Spain to be reintegrated into the royal collections of the Royal Palace Armory. The Royal Armory is one of the jewels of the Spanish Historical Heritage and is considered the most important in Europe together with the Imperial Armory in Vienna.

Another example of the punishment of Russian cultural institutions is the recent suspension by the Teatro Real of the six performances of the play 'La bayadera' that the emblematic Bolshoi Ballet was going to offer at the Madrid Coliseum in May.

Iceta has insisted on her resounding condemnation of the Spanish Executive for the invasion of Ukraine and has wanted to separate Russian culture ("how are we going to give up Dostoyevsky!") from the Russian cultural institutions that depend on the Putin government. "All Russian artists who cease their collaboration with the Russian government or distance themselves from Putin will be welcomed with open arms," ​​said Iceta, who admits the difficulty of finding "that point of balance."

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