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In Voronezh, an artistic director of a theater was dismissed due to his anti-war stance

Mikhail Bychkov, the artistic director of the Voronezh Chamber Theatre, has been fired after signing an appeal to stop the war in Ukraine. Bychkov’s suspension was announced by the Ministry of Culture of the Voronezh Region.

On November 21, the Ministry of Culture of the Voronezh Region stated that the artistic director of the Voronezh Chamber Theatre had been relieved of his position. The reasons for Bychkov’s dismissal were not disclosed

The media outlet Vesti Voronezh, citing a source in the regional authorities, explained that Bychkov “retained his inclination for writing public letters of condemnation, and the theater itself did not endeavor to assist participants of the Special Military Operation and their family members with discounted tickets.”

Since the start of the war, 17 Russian directors and musicians have signed an appeal to the warring parties, urging them to cease hostilities and engage in negotiations. Mikhail Bychkov was among them.

“Right now, we are speaking not only as cultural figures but as ordinary people, citizens of our country, our homeland. There are children and grandchildren of those who fought in the Great Patriotic War, witnesses and participants of that war. Each of us carries a genetic memory of war, and we do not want a new one; we do not want people to die,” said Mikhail Bychkov on his Facebook* page.


On March 9, 2023, Mikhail Bychkov announced that he was stepping down from the position of artistic director of the international Platonov Arts Festival after nearly 12 years. “The world has changed, and the festival will inevitably change to match this new world,” wrote the director.

At the time of this statement, Bychkov pledged to continue working on “the main project in his life” – the Chamber Theater he established in Voronezh. Since 2021, Bychkov had been an advisor to the Voronezh governor, but in the summer of 2022, Alexander Gusev dismissed all of his advisors.

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