Among the winners of this year’s Russian Creative Awards (RCA) is Valery Gergiev, artistic director and general director of the Mariinsky Theater, TASS reports. Gergiev, a close ally of the brutal warmonger Putin is ‘Man of the Year’ in Russia.

Gergiev, who is persona non grata in the West, is also considered a supporter of the ‘Cultural Front’, an association bent on waging a cultural war as well as a geographical one, with the aim of freeing Russia from « cultural enslavement by the West ».

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