“Visited Crimea and supported Putin” – Russian jazzmans concert in Boston canceled
The Boston jazz club RegattaBar canceled the performance of the Russian jazz quintet of Igor Butman, scheduled for February 12, due to the musician’s support for policies of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and aggression against Ukraine.
Activist Dmitry Smelyansky informed about the incident, as cited by Radio Liberty.
Thus, the concert disappeared from the calendar of the jazz venue after the local Cambridge Day newspaper published a letter from the Arts Against Aggression Group.
The letter contained information on Butman’s political activities: in particular, that he was a member of the United Russia’s Supreme Council, participated in the re-election campaign of Putin, supported aggression against Ukraine, and violated the recommendations of the US Department of State not to participate in the Koktebel Jazz Party in annexed Crimea.
Butman is a citizen of Russia and the USA. The trips of American citizens to the territory of Crimea annexed by Russia violate the sanctions regime imposed on Moscow for aggression against Ukraine and the annexation of the Ukrainian territory.
The letter of the Arts Against Aggression Group stated that jazz, which for about a century has been a symbol of peace and freedom, should not be used to whitewash the repressive of regime, justifying annexations and wars.
In late January – the first half of February, Butman scheduled concerts in clubs in several American cities, including New York, Baltimore and Miami. Activists of Arts Against Aggression Group are negotiating with the owners of the venues to prevent the musician from performing. Earlier, Arts Against Aggression succeeded in canceling the showing of the Russian film about the Second World War “T-34” in one of the cinemas in Boston.
Earlier, the concert of the Ukrainian band Vremya I Steklo (“Time and Glass”) in Lviv, which was scheduled for December 5, was canceled. Lviv activists demanded that the performers record a video in which they recognize Russia as the aggressor, and Crimea as Ukrainian territory, and since there was no such statement from the representatives of the band, a decision was made to cancel the concert.