Putin and Gergiev

Putin and Gergiev

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, Valery Gergiev, director and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, talk as the "Heroes of Labour" are awarded, in the Konstantin Palace on May,1, 2013 in Strelma, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Putin awarded five Russians with newly established medals. Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images via Bloomberg