It was supposed to be a ballet fit for a party boss: Winsome maids from the local collective farm prance around the stage carrying five-foot long potatoes, while happy Soviet farmers celebrate yet another bountiful harvest.
But communist dictator Joseph Stalin gave Dmitri Shostakovich's ballet "The Bright Stream" a thumbs down when it premiered in 1935 - it seemed too frivolous for the New Soviet Man.
After seven decades of oblivion, the ballet has completed its rehabilitation in the canon of musical masterpieces: This month, Alexei Ratmansky, artistic director of Moscow's Bolshoi Theater, won a prestigious award for his 2003 revival of the work.
Fittingly, the prize is named after Shostakovich himself.
Stalin commissioned "The Bright Stream" to combat rumors, which were true, of a government-instigated famine in Ukraine that killed millions. It was a smash hit, but Stalin hated it and his bad review forced "The Bright Stream" to abruptly close.
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According to him, PMC employees involved in the Libyan conflict on the side of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar departed from Beni Walid airport near Tripoli on board two military transport aircraft. Their destination remains unknown.
Dmitry Peskov, an official spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, was discharged from hospital.
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