For the first time in history, the “canceling” was used on an entire country’s culture: Russian culture is being cancelled. Everything that has been created in Russia for over 1,500 years is not only questioned but also condemned, reviled, and rejected. The wave of Russophobia has affected all spheres of life. Art and sport — areas where Russia has traditionally excelled — are now under attack. Russian singers, artists and directors find their names crossed out in concert schedules and festival short lists. Even those masters who are already deceased, also became victims of “cancel culture” — Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and the list grows each day.
People engaged in the arts are not only getting canceled and let go — they are being threatened. Secretary General of “Friends of Great Russian” Association Yulia Bazarova received a threatening letter. 'Close your office immediately. Our group is determined to protect Italians from the danger that Russians pose. Also, tell your employees not to advertise their Russian background.' Yulia Bazarova, a social activist and enthusiast, has lived in Rome for more than 20 years. All this time she ‘s been doing her best to promote Russian culture in Europe and canceling it she perceives as a personal loss. Every year she hosted the Grand Russian Ball in Rome. In 2022, it’s not happening. Yet, she has no intention of leaving, let alone giving up one of her main projects — the international Pushkin Prize.