Brendan O’Neill Brendan O’Neill

A wave of anti-Russian hysteria is sweeping across the West

Conductor Valery Gergiev (photo: Getty)

McCarthyism is an overused word, I know. But really, what other word will do to describe the sacking of a conductor for refusing to publicly denounce the leader of Russia?

This is the case of Valery Gergiev, who was sacked by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra this week for failing to condemn Putin.

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