Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Shostakovich Promoting “United Russia” Party / Family Is Angry: ” We do not want to have any relation to this party”

Posted by Info on 26/05/2011

The Russia’s ruling United Russia party will apologize for a controversial poster campaign which placed historic residents of the city beside the party logo.
Poet Alexander Bloc, rock musician Viktor Tsoi and composer Dmitry Shostakovich were among the faces chosen to endorse the United Russia Party. The campaign sparked outrage among relatives and fans of those cultural icons, who said it constituted a desecration of the memories of the deceased.
“This campaign is an absolute idiocy, I have no other words to describe it!” Russian writer Alexander Arkhangelsky said.
St Petersburg resident Oleg Barantsev, 35: “They [United Russia] have long been living in a dream world. The fact that their popularity ratings are dropping does not seem to bother them.”
Under Russian law, a person’s image can only be used with their permission, or with permission from their relatives if they have died. Shostakovich’s granddaughter Anastasia Chukovskaya said no one in her family was consulted about the poster campaign.
“We are extremely angry. These posters mean that Shostakovich is promoting United Russia. This does not correspond to our family’s interests. We do not want to have any relation to this party.”

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