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World Leaders React To U.S. School Shooting

PARIS - World leaders expressed their shock and condolences to U.S. President Barack Obama and the victims of Friday's mass school shooting in Connecticut that left 27 people dead, including 20 children...

AUSTRALIA
Prime Minister Julia Gillard: "We share America's shock at this senseless and incomprehensible act of evil."

U.K.
Prime Minister David Cameron: "I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about today's horrific shooting."

RUSSIA
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev: "Condolences from the Russian Government and myself over the Connecticut tragedy. Our thoughts are with the victims’ loved ones."

FRANCE
President Francois Hollande: "This news horrified me and I wish to express my deep shock."

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Tolstoy's Lesson: Why Boycotting Russian Culture Is Such A Bad Idea

The Ukrainian Culture Minister has called for a total boycott of Russian culture. Such a move should be resisted because it ignores culture's potential to challenge power.

Tolstoy's Lesson: Why Boycotting Russian Culture Is Such A Bad Idea

The exhibition ''War and Peace in Russian Art'' at the Russian Museum of Malaga

Gaspard Koenig

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PARIS — Oleksandr Tkachenko, the Ukrainian Culture minister, recently called for an international boycott of Russian culture — a measure that has already been put into practice by some Western opera theaters and universities.

Yet, despite the utter sympathy that we feel for Ukraine, the answer for Tkachenko is clear: No.

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Today, Tkachenko argues that Russia is trying to undermine Ukrainian’s culture by destroying its cultural heritage or by eradicating Ukrainian’s language in occupied territories. And that’s precisely the reason why Ukraine, which wishes to be the herald of European democracies, shouldn’t use the same means nor the same logic as its enemy.

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