Cultural victories mean just as much to Russia as economic expansion figures and the country's success on the international scene.
Addressing a Tuesday awards ceremony that gathered Russian literary and artistic folk, Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed that such cultural victories are essential for people-"They make them proud of their country and its achievements," he said.
Nowadays, Russian musicians and artists have an opportunity to work the way their talent and their notion of what is beautiful and just bid them, noted the president.
Spectacular premieres, new popular editions and books, modern architectural ensembles and non-traditional design have become an integral part of Russia's nationwide upsurge, he said.
"This is another chance for us to make sure that a country's authority and society's dignity were, and always will be, based on spiritual and cultural values," Putin emphasized.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War