<title/>Dark Times<br /> <br /></h3> <p/><title/></p> <p/><title/></p><div class='code-block code-block-1' style='margin: 8px 0; clear: both;'> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block; text-align:center;" data-ad-layout="in-article" data-ad-format="fluid" data-ad-client="ca-pub-3582315701928315" data-ad-slot="4642392753"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div> <p> These are strange times for Russian<br /> theater. On the one hand, state-sponsored conservatism, censorship<br /> and the growing influence of the Russian Orthodox Church have led to<br /> plays being shut down and theaters threatened. </p> <p>On another hand, never before has the<br /> Moscow theater scene been so popular. </p> <p>Serebrennikov, 47, is at the cutting<br /> edge of this renaissance. In 2012, he was appointed to run the Gogol<br /> Center by Moscow culture minister Sergey Kapkov. Under<br /> Serebrennikov’s leadership, the Gogol Center became Moscow’s most<br /> exciting cultural hub. </p> <p>At least initially, Moscow’s hottest<br /> director was not averse to working with authorities. In 2011, he<br /> staged Okolonolya, attributed to the Kremlin’s then powerful gray<br /> cardinal Vladislav Surkov. </p> <p>But the theater’s launch sparked<br /> several protests organized by ultra-Orthodox activists who sent<br /> letters to prosecutors saying they were offended by nudity and<br /> obscene language in Serebrennikov’s plays. As time passed, the<br /> director became embroiled in open conflict with the Culture Ministry. </p> <p>A rebel emerged. Serebrennikov<br /> supported protests against Putin’s presidency in 2011. He advocated<br /> LGBT rights and even called Russia’s annexation of Crimea the act<br /> of “an impoverished thug who has lost his mind.”</p> <p>His controversial film The Student,<br /> which explored matters of indoctrination, won the Francois Chalais<br /> prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. </p> <p>One year on, in the very week that the<br /> festival re-opens on the French Riviera, Serebrennikov finds himself<br /> being taken away by masked men.</p> <p lang="en-US"/></div> <div class="navigation-inner"><a class="prev-post" href="http://cultureru.com/more-than-250000-bibliophiles-are-about-to-descend-on-the-town-of-books/" rel="next">More Than 250,000 Bibliophiles Are About to Descend on “The Town of Books”</a><a class="next-post" href="http://cultureru.com/usmanov-vs-navalny-how-an-oligarch-reignited-political-debate-in-russia/" rel="prev">Usmanov vs. Navalny: How an Oligarch Reignited Political Debate in Russia</a></div> <div class="gap-20"></div> </article><!-- #post-16482 --> <div class='code-block code-block-2' style='margin: 8px auto; text-align: center; display: block; clear: both;'> <script async src="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"></script> <!-- vidget --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block" data-ad-client="ca-pub-3582315701928315" data-ad-slot="4301813101" data-ad-format="auto" data-full-width-responsive="true"></ins> <script> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); </script></div> </div><!-- #content .wf-cell --> </div><!-- .wf-container --> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #main --> <!-- !Bottom-bar --> <div id="bottom-bar" role="contentinfo"> <div class="wf-wrap"> <div class="wf-table wf-mobile-collapsed"> <div class="wf-td"> </div> </div> </div><!-- .wf-wrap --> </div><!-- #bottom-bar --> <a href="#" class="scroll-top"></a> </div><!-- #page --> <script type="text/javascript">(function(w,doc) { if (!w.__utlWdgt ) { w.__utlWdgt = true; var d = doc, s = d.createElement('script'), g = 'getElementsByTagName'; s.type = 'text/javascript'; s.charset='UTF-8'; s.async = true; s.src = ('https:' == w.location.protocol ? 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