London Symphony Orchestra conductor performs in war-torn Tskhinvali

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The fact that none of the “free media” condescended to report on maestro Valery Gergiev’s concert in South Ossetia 21 August is another indicator of the freedom of the media in the free world. So if even freedom of the free is so unfree, how unfree should be freedom in the non-free world. Instead of setting an example of unbiased reporting, western media, in particular American media, have shown exceptionally slanted and mean reporting of the conflict in South Ossetia.

There was though some reporting on this concert in the Times:

The Principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra will lead a defiant performance from the shattered steps of the South Ossetian parliament tonight celebrating Russia as the saviour of its citizens.

Valery Gergiev, an ethnic Ossetian who has been an outspoken critic of Georgia’s action during the conflict, will conduct the Mariinsky Theatre of St Petersburg in a performance that is expected to feature Vladimir Putin, the Russian Prime Minister, as guest of honour.

Mr Gergiev has close personal ties to Mr Putin – they are godfather to each others’ children – and in May the Russian Prime Minister awarded the Order for Service to the conductor.


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