Russian President Vladimir Putin doesn’t really seem like the biggest supporter of the arts, which totally isn’t true. Look, he evens pay exorbitant amounts of money to bring world-class soloists to Russia, while the backers in the orchestra are still being paid less than ten dollars a day. Via Arts Journal:

Maxim Vengerov, for instance. The comeback violinist, who is sparing in his appearances, is getting two million six hundred thousand rubles for playing the Brahms concerto next month. That’s £52,000 or $82,500, which works out at something over two grand a minute. Nice work, if you can get it.

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