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Russian song turning into enemy

2011-02-01 20:56

12981.jpegWhen Alexander Sergeevitch Pushkin asked Anna Olenina: "Don't sing sad Georgia's songs to me, beautiful lady" he tried to push away the reminiscences of Maria Raevskaya who was his Muse and secret love and by the time these words were written had followed her husband Sergey Volkonsky, an insurrectionist, to Siberia. But who is the subject of dreams of the people who prohibited singing Russian songs in Tbilisi restaurants? It is Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin?..


There is no smoke without fire, so the refutations of the director of Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance about the ban on Russian songs sound not very convincing. Georgy Tskhakaya assured that he never invited administrators of the major city restaurants and never threatened them with fines for "enemy chants".

Still, the fact of censorship is obvious. Georgian TV channel Maestro held an independent experiment and could not make restaurant-keepers please a guest by performing "Moscow suburbs nights". As was told by singer and composer Temur Rtskhiladze, the restaurant administration apologized to him and explained that they were threatened to pay a 500-lari fine (300 dollars) for singing any Russian melodies. These apologies and explanations have been recorded by a hidden camera. The musicians were ready to take a risk if the client agreed to compensate the fine.

Considering the fact that the authorities immediately refuted the ban, an innovation in the form of a "preliminary fine payment" looks like cheating. But who is the ingenious author?

Alia newspaper got at the initiator of a moratorium on Russian songs. Director of one of the restaurants admitted that together with his colleagues he was called on the carpet by Chief of the Revenue Service Georgy Tskhakaya. It was he who warned about the ban and fines and ordered to keep his words a secret. "No one must know - neither clients, nor employees; you may tell them anything you like and give them any explanations but if you try to perform a Russian song you will be visited by tax service that will handle your business", - the official is cited by the interlocutors of the periodical.

The instruction has hit the purpose. Alia journalists were told in three most fashionable restaurants that they do not sing in Russian for ideological reasons. "How can we sing after what they have done to us?!" - the musicians commented. When asked why they realized it only now, they answered: "We just thought it over and decided not to sing enemy's songs".

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