A special verdict
Theatre and protest in Putin’s Russia
in Witness onstage
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Chapter 6 analyzes the series of events that have taken place since Teatr.doc was first evicted from their performance space in 2014. A twisted narrative that includes a falsified bomb-scare, multiple investigations by the Ministry of Culture, several more evictions, and numerous other instances of bureaucratic bullying by Moscow city officials, the history of Russian documentary theatre took a distinctly political turn after Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012. Additionally, this chapter brings into view the gradual development of an emotional regime throughout the Putin years that has placed freedom of expression increasingly under threat, and illustrates how detailed consideration of the creative movement informs our understanding of the structures of feeling that emerged in these years.

Witness onstage

Documentary theatre in twenty-first-century Russia

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