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TheUn a by Alex Ross

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Do musicians and composers have an obligation to speak out on political matters?

Conductor Valery Gergiev’s close association with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his policies has led to protests at Gergiev’s international appearances. Putin (right) presents a Hero of Labor award to Gergiev during a ceremony in St. Petersburg in May 2013.

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