Anatoli Krinsky

"In a hostile environment not all the arts suffer equally. Music is probably freer than any other, if only because it is more difficult to control. Literature has its samizdat, and books and manuscripts, being easily portable, travel easily. The performing arts have their own methods of outwitting the censors.

For the painter and sculptor, however, the situation is harder. So called 'socialist realism' has pressed more on the visual arts than on any other medium. Their works cannot travel so easily. And because of their need for raw materials, a studio and an audience, visual artists have been more vulnerable to external pressure than most other groups".

Michael Scammell

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