Russian TV Station Proclaims ‘No To War,’ Plays ‘Swan Lake’ Before Going Dark
TV Rain, an independent news outlet, aired the famous ballet in a bold nod to Russian history.
As NPR noted in a piece earlier this year about the significance of “Swan Lake” in Russian political history, Soviet state TV aired the ballet on a loop after the death of Premier Leonid Brezhnev while a new party leader was being selected. It did the same following the deaths of Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko.
…in 1991, Soviet TV aired the ballet during the attempt to overthrow President Mikhail Gorbachev ― a failed coup that helped precipitate the collapse of the Soviet Union.