This is shameful and sad. Russian theater seems to be going through a golden age but artistic censorship can quickly put an end to it. Timofey Kuliabin, principal director at the Red Torch drama theater in Novosibirsk, is one of the younger contributors to this renaissance, well respected for his stagings despite his relative youth. The Kremlin is probably thinking that pitting neophyte churchgoers against art-savvy intellectuals in the public arena is a great way to turn people’s attention away from the double-digit inflation and all that. Apparently it’s OK to destroy, as a side effect, the few major achievements Russia can boast of, theater. What’s next?