Producer Iosif Prigozhin said that it is not necessary to treat everyone with the same brush.
Recently, Valery Meladze prefers not to appear at official events. Fans see him only during rare corporate performances. For example, in October, the singer, together with Ivan Urgant, lit up at a private concert in Tashkent, and recently performed with the blogger Lerchek.
Iosif Prigogine believes that the public and some colleagues have a negative attitude towards 57-year-old Valery Shotaevich in vain. According to the producer, the musician did not deserve criticism: he did not make shocking statements, did not renounce his homeland, and has every right to perform abroad with whomever he wants.
“Leave alone people who come home and want to live and work. Valera Meladze is a citizen of Russia. Because his brother lives in Kyiv, what choice does he have? You can’t make hostages out of artists, you understand? Recording everyone as an enemy of the people is unfair. You can’t shut up everyone’s mouths: one has his own point of view, the third has a different one. We were so strong that we could express our opinion!”- the 53-year-old Prigogine was indignant.
The producer is sure that the artists who are opposed to Russia have already moved abroad and are going to connect their lives with a foreign audience. However, Meladze, according to Iosif Igorevich, has returned and refrains from rash comments on the current political situation. In addition, Prigogine urged to unite in difficult times and help those who left their homeland. Of course, if they themselves want to return.
“Well, why is it necessary to nail a person to the wall and wet him? What kind of nature is this? On the contrary, today we must consolidate society, make every effort to consolidate creative people, if they want to go home and understand the rules“, Iosif Prigogine said to Channel Five.
Recall that immediately after the start of the SVO, Valery Meladze published an appeal that caused a public outcry. Prigozhin did not see anything criminal in the words of the famous singer. According to the producer, the artist called on both sides to stop the conflict in order to avoid dire consequences for the participants in the disputes.