Singer Lev Leshchenko, in an interview with RT, commented on the proposal of the Russian artist Valery Meladze to colleagues to refuse filming in New Year's programs amid the cancellation of New Year's events, including concerts, due to the pandemic.
“He (Meladze. - RT) is an independent person, intelligent, rather serious and kind, open person. If he made such a statement, then he is ready to defend his beliefs. I can just say that this is a more serious problem than just filming, not filming. The fact is that all people, artists, all show business, the so-called popular culture, they all work in the non-state sphere. That is, they make a product and give it to the market, and what they earn is their vital content,”Leshchenko said.
He added that currently the auditoriums are closed, concert venues are closed and, "naturally, people are out of work."
“Thousands of artists who work in the non-governmental sphere do not receive a dime at all … Therefore, Valera probably spoke about this with pain in order to somehow attract the attention of state structures. Here I have 20 people, and I have to support them, because I cannot leave them … Thank God, I have saved something, just like Valera Meladze, he probably still supports his team with some that way. This is a very ambiguous situation, it is necessary to talk about it very seriously and for a long time and carefully study this problem,”concluded the singer.
Earlier, Meladze suggested that other artists refuse to shoot in New Year's programs amid the cancellation of New Year's events, including concerts, due to the pandemic.
He added that perhaps "then someone will notice that there is a whole industry in which tens of thousands of people have been out of work for many months."