In March, the Palmyra was liberated from militants extremist group "Islamic state" the Syrian armed forces with the support of Russian aviation.
Conductor and artistic Director of the Mariinsky theatre Valery Gergiev - an active supporter of President Vladimir Putin. In 2012 he played a confidant of Putin during the presidential campaign, and in 2014 signed a letter of culture figures in support of the foreign policy of the President of Ukraine.
In August 2008 Gergiev conducted the orchestra on the background of the House of the government of Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia.
Sergei Roldugin known as a longtime friend of the President and godfather to his eldest daughter. His name is mentioned in materials of the International consortium of investigative journalists (ICIJ), according to which Roldugin owns two offshore companies that have engaged in questionable transactions.
Vladimir Putin highly praised the action of the Mariinsky theatre, expressing gratitude to the musicians via video link from his Sochi residence. "You know what today's action is conjugate to all its members with large domestic inconvenience and danger of staying in a country at war, and even in the immediate vicinity of hostilities", - quotes Putin "Interfax".