Along with the escalating conflict in Ukraine has come artistic squabbling. This past week, the Russians Valergy Gergiev (conductor), Yuri Bashmet (violin), Denis Matsuev (piano), Vladimir Spivakov (conductor) declared their support for Vladimir Putin’s actions in Crimea. In response, Ukraine put the kabosh on Bashmet’s and Matsuev’s scheduled performances in the region.
These people are artists. Putin is a politician.
The two should not mix.
More information (en français): http://www.resmusica.com/2014/03/12/80-artistes-russes-soutiennent-la-politique-de-poutine-en-crimee/