West trying to ‘cancel’ Russian culture: Putin
President Vladimir Putin on Friday criticized the West for discriminating against Russian culture, which he compared to Nazi supporters burning books in the 1930s, AFP reported.
“Today they are trying to cancel a millennial country,” Putin said during a televised meeting with Russian culture-related award winners.
“I am talking about the progressive discrimination against anything related to Russia, this trend that is taking place in a number of Western states, with the full connivance and sometimes with the encouragement of Western elites,” Putin added.
“The proverbial ‘cancel culture’ has become cancel culture,” Putin said, adding that works by Russian composers were excluded from concerts and books by Russian authors were “banned.”
“The last time such a mass campaign to destroy unwanted literature was carried out by the Nazis in Germany almost 90 years ago…books were burned right in the squares,” Putin said.
Since Putin launched a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24, the West has imposed sanctions on Moscow that have seen Russia increasingly isolated, politically and financially, and extending to areas such as sports. and culture.