Dancer Sergei Polunin accused the Russian Foreign Ministry of not being allowed to perform at a concert on Red Square in Moscow on the occasion of the annexation of the Ukrainian Kherson, Zaporozhye, Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The day before the concert, which took place on September 30, Polunin said on Instagram that at first he was invited to dance to Shaman’s song “Let’s get up”, dedicated to the Russian soldiers who died in Ukraine, but then the number was canceled without explanation. After the concert, also on Instagram, the dancer stated that, according to his information, the ban on the performance came from the Russian Foreign Ministry, which received a complaint from the Uzbek Foreign Ministry. “Guys, I protected you” – the artist emotionally appealed to Russian officials, accusing them of “flexing”. Earlier, he said that he had to perform at the concert, since he was a native of Kherson.
A few days ago, Polunin performed the same number in Tashkent. The number, which glorifies the participants in the war against Ukraine, aroused the indignation of a number of Uzbek officials. Uzbek officials in response to accusations Russian artist, posted on social networks, commented that Polunin was warned for going beyond the conditions stipulated in the tour agreement. The Uzbek Foreign Ministry and the Russian Foreign Ministry did not comment on Polunin’s new accusations.
The song “Let’s get up” was performed at a concert in Moscow, it was performed by Shaman, but without the accompaniment of Polunin. Shaman also sang the Russian anthem, Vladimir Putin sang along with him. The most striking event of the concert, judging by the responses in social networks, however, was the performance of the actor and priest Ivan Okhlobystin, who called the war in Ukraine “sacred” and shouted “Goyda” several times.
Polunin, a former citizen of Ukraine, received Russian citizenship in 2018.
“Russia has always been and is good for me, I am very happy to become a citizen of Russia and take a stand against evil and unscrupulous people who create revolutions in Ukraine, Georgia and other countries,” he wrote, commenting on the new passport, and said that he expresses support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, behind whom the dancer “sees the truth.”
Polunin has several tattoos of Putin.
Polunin from his youth was a soloist with the Royal Ballet in London, later moved to Russia. Now he is the director of the Sevastopol Opera and Ballet Theatre, which at the moment does not have a building and a permanent troupe.