April 28, 2022

Golden Mask of Support


Golden Mask of Support
The Golden Mask award. Bolshoi Theater, Russian Ministry of Culture

Ksenia Sorokina gave her prestigious Golden Mask theatre award to Sasha Skochilenko, an anti-war activist who is facing a possible prison sentence.

Skochilenko, an artist and anti-war activist, was recently arrested for "spreading misinformation" by switching price tags to anti-war stickers in a St. Petersburg supermarket. She is currently being held in a pretrial detention center, awaiting trial. If convicted, she could get up to ten years in prison

Many artists have said this punishment is far too severe and that is shows how absurd censorship is in Russia today. As well, Skochilenko has a health condition, celiac disease, that has not been properly accommodated while awaiting trial. In support, Sorokina donated her recently-earned Golden Mask award, the highest honor for Russian theater, music, and dance performers, to Skochilenko. 

It is yet another example of how Russian artists have come together to support one another during these difficult times. 

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