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Mikhail Piotrovsky said that Russia is now making global transformations in the world, and is also conducting a cultural offensive, June 24, 2022 – Society – Saint Petersburg News

Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky in an interview “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” said that Russia is currently undergoing great global transformations, and he himself is with his country.

“Now our country has moved to a different time. The first period of the Scythian war is over. We retreated, retreated, now we are not retreating <…> Everything was started in 2014 in the Crimea. Crimea created a situation where it was no longer possible to do otherwise, it was necessary to turn around,” Piotrovsky believes.

Now Russia, according to him, is undergoing great transformations. “There are situations when it is absolutely clear that a person should be with his country,” added the director of the Hermitage.

Piotrovsky also said that a powerful attack is underway on Russian culture. He shared his feeling that the ideological dictate of the Soviet Union had spilled over to the West. “I never expected that I would read in liberal Western newspapers: “The Hermitage is an imperial museum that preaches imperial ideology, don’t let it go anywhere! Do not open the Hermitage in Barcelona under any circumstances!” he said.

Piotrovsky is sure that the reason for the powerful attack on culture is that this is an area where Russia is absolutely competitive, sets the fashion and conducts successful cultural exports. Piotrovsky compared the latest Russian exhibitions abroad with a powerful cultural offensive.

“If you want, your “special operation”. Which a lot of people don’t like. But we are advancing,” he added.

In addition, the director of the State Hermitage also reported on the “stream of ultimatums” that are coming against him.

“How dare you not speak out against the special operation in Ukraine?! Protest immediately! Why don’t you have them?” said Mikhail Piotrovsky.

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