Valery Gergiev Does Not Qualify for European Sanctions

By Francisco Salazar

Following questioning on why Valery Gergiev is not on the European sanctions list, Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra of the Dutch Parliament said he did not meet the criteria.

The Minister said in response to parliamentary questions from D66, “He now meets ‘insufficiently’ the criteria and ‘the objective of the sanctions.”

In his response, the minister couldn’t say whether Gergiev had Dutch nationality, a fact that was revealed in a documentary about the conductor and his ties to Putin.

While he is not on the sanctions list, Gergiev’s international career is in shambles. He has been fired from his posts at the Munich Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic and he stepped down from the Verbier Festival. He has also been fired from the Teatro alla Scala, Bayerische Staatsoper, and the Metropolitan Opera among other top organizations.

The conductor has recently been conducting full-time in Russia where he is leading the Stars of the White Night Festival.