Orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre under Valery Gergiev gave a concert in the amphitheatre of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, only recently liberated from the militants of the terrorist organization "Islamic state".

Before the performance the musicians and the audience, and they in the stands of the amphitheater were about 500 people, according to the video conference addressed by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

In a match that lasted 45 minutes presentation, dubbed "a prayer for Palmyra. Music enlivens the ancient walls" presented the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergei Prokofiev and "square dance" by Rodion Shchedrin, during a performance where the soloist was a close friend of the Russian leader, cellist Sergei Roldugin. The name of people's artist of Russia became widely known in connection with the publication "the Panama dossier", in which he figured as the owner of the offshore firms, through which passed $ 2 billion.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain Philip Hammond has described the concert in Palmira "a tawdry attempt to divert attention from the ongoing suffering of millions of Syrians".

According to him, this is especially evident on the background of the strike on the refugee camp in the North of Syria, which has killed at least 28 people, including women and children. The opposition blames the RAID by government forces.

"This shows that there is no depth to which the mouth can not this mode. It's time for all those with influence on Assad to say, "Enough, mean — enough," added the Minister, referring to Russia.