Putin accuses West of 'banning Dostoevsky and Tchaikovsky' in new speech – FACT CHECK

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While he did not this time specify whether he believed the West was cancelling those named art figures, in March, just two weeks after Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra removed the work of Tchaikovsky from its programme.

They were due to play the composer’s 1812 Overture at a concert, but decided not to due to events in Ukraine.

The venue released a statement at the time saying: “In light of the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine, Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, with the agreement of St David’s Hall, feel the previously advertised programme including the 1812 Overture to be inappropriate at this time. The orchestra hope you will continue to support them and enjoy the revised programme.”

The move was met with backlash by some. Cellist, Max Weiss, said at the time that “everyone needs to get a grip” and added that she had attended a concert where both the Ukrainian national anthem and Tchaikovsky’s work had been played.

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