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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Film Industry Revival

President Vladimir Putin met Friday with film director Nikita Mikhalkov to discuss the revival of the film industry, as well as possible solutions to the problem of Russia’s wordless anthem, Interfax reported.

Mikhalkov called for state funding to support the ailing industry and said it would cease to exist without state-subsidized film production, Interfax reported. He and Putin also discussed new state symbols, such as a flag and anthem.

The Segodnya daily reported Friday that Putin has said he prefers the music of the Soviet anthem to the less rousing and more complicated melody by Mikhail Glinka used today.

Mikhalkov’s father, Sergei, wrote the lyrics to the Soviet anthem.