Despite concerns over censorship, the film and performing arts in Russia remain largely free of government interference. While the government can certainly impact the film industry and theater through funding and sometimes, with film, by withholding screening permits, there are many independent companies that can produce whatever they want.

Now that the awards season for 2019 is over, The Moscow Times looked at the results of the major Russian film and theater awards and talked to local experts to tease out the trends for the year. 

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To our surprise, they are largely positive.