Vladimir Putin has given his view on the state of the Russian theatre today. The Russian president said that the theatre is, on the one hand, "going through difficult times" due to financial squeeze, and, on the other, "a period of upturn" following the lifting of censorship. Speaking at a Kremlin meeting with leading figures of the Russian and world theatre on the occasion of the Third Theatre Olympics in Moscow, Putin expressed confidence that the traditions of the Russian theatre and a search for the new will be dominant features of the 21st century theatre. The head of state also pointed out that Russia is open to cultural cooperation with all countries. He thanked the participants for finding it possible to hold the Third Theatre Olympics in Russia. "We also perceive this as a sign of acknowledging Russia's contribution to theatre art," the head of state noted.
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