VALERY KHASANOV 2001 was marked by two events, different in character but equal in importance.
First, the Theatre Workers’ Union of the Russian Federation held its national
congress. This association, which brings together interested parties from all over
Russia, plays a major part in the country’s theatre life. Their congress took
place on 22 nd
and 23 rd
October. The delegates discussed the running of their
organisation in the perturbed social circumstances which have arisen from the
radical changes presented by the market economy. The last decade has been
an extremely difficult one. Theatres have had to contend with the ever-
increasing necessity to adapt to an existence in which competition and
commercial success have become determining factors. Alexander Kaliagin was
re-elected as Chairman of the Union.