The head of the «Hermitage» has denied the information about unwanted persons on the forum in St. Petersburg

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Patchouly Director of the State Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky. Archival photoThe head of the «Hermitage» has denied the information about unwanted persons on the forum in St. Petersburg© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pyatakov

The head of the «Hermitage» and the head of the section «Museums and exhibition projects» International cultural forum in Saint-Petersburg Mikhail Piotrovsky denied information about the presence of lists on the forum.

«I have no lists for twenty-five years did not receive, including about the forum. And if these lists were, I would in spite of all those people invited,» said Piotrovsky RIA Novosti.

In turn, Deputy Minister of culture Alexander Zhuravsky said that about the lists you can ask any leader section of the forum and they will confirm that they do not exist.

Earlier, some media, including editor in chief of radio station «Echo of Moscow» Alexei Venediktov in his channel Telegram, circulated a letter of first Deputy Minister Vladimir Aristarkhov, Deputy Minister Alexander Zhuravsky, the Director of Department of state support for art and folk art Andrey Malyshev with a list of persons whom it is desirable to invite to the forum. Among them — the journalist and TV presenter Fekla Tolstaya, the writer Boris Akunin and directed by Alexander Sokurov. The Ministry of culture has denied the information about listing and stressed that no Zhuravskii, nor the alleged signatories of the letter Aristarkhov never seen him and did not.

On Tuesday, the publication Colta reported that the lists previously published, incomplete, they also included correspondence Zhuravsky and Aristarkhova on theatrical figures, including Lev Dodin, Andrew Mighty and Cyril Serebrennikov.