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Far from Moscow, Russian “anti-war” artists welcomed in residence in Paris
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Far from Moscow, Russian “anti-war” artists welcomed in residence in Paris

The Moscow-Istanbul-Paris trip, with stops, was long. But, after five months of wanderings, Vladislav Ketkovich, his wife and their two children ended up putting down their suitcases on 1er August, in the heat-stricken and deserted French capital. The Russian producer has found asylum in the residence Les Récollets, a unique place that welcomes artists and researchers from all over the world, in the 10e borough.

They are four, today, four Russians in exile to stay there, joined by many others, just as exiled but not residents, who prepare in the effervescence the festival L’Echo de Lubimovka, organized at the Récollets on Saturday 26 and Sunday, November 27. A first relocated version of the Lubimovka Drama Festival, born in the 1990s in Russia, and now at a standstill in Moscow.

Like so many of his peers, 51-year-old “Vlad” Ketkovich fled his country in the early hours of the war in Ukraine. Co-producer, in particular, of a documentary on a group of ten young Russians arrested in 2018 for conspiracy and “extremist organization”, on the faith of infiltrated FSB agents (broadcast on, under the title Trapped by Putin, until 2023), he then followed in the footsteps of the shaman Gabychev, in eastern Siberia, who wanted to oust the head of the Kremlin from power.

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Returning hastily to Moscow, he immediately buys plane tickets for Istanbul, and says he has no regrets. “We want children to grow up free. » In her accommodation, in Les Récollets, a unique 70 square meter room pleasantly furnished, where the small toys of Yacha, 2 years old, are scattered, while Michèle, 13 years old, surfs on her smartphone, everything breathes the desire to start all over again. Even the papers hung on the walls to learn French.

“Speak Freely”

Voluble and enthusiastic, Vlad Ketkovich talks about several of his current projects, in particular Shame, a documentary conducted with Veronika Nikoulchina, a member of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, who distinguished herself for having invaded the lawn of the Luzhniki stadium, in Moscow, during the final of the Football World Cup in 2018, and today exiled in Georgia . “This is the first reaction I had on Facebook [le lendemain de l’invasion russe en Ukraine]and which I still feel, like many of us, he explains. We want to portray how Russians survive with this feeling, when they are part of a people with such different opinions. »

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