I now know for sure why I have stopped reading The Walrus a longtime ago. First of all to say that watching thousands of women and children die before your eyes on social media everyday is no longer shocking says more about Katia than us,. Secondly I listened and watched famous Russian artists talk about the war in Ukraine saying how much they support Putin and Mother Russia and one even added that all Ukrainians should die!
There is no inherent value in being an artist that makes you stand above being a decent human being. Nazis artists that promote killing have really nothing of value to offer the world and should be shunned.
Real artists are sensitive compassionate humans and abhor violence. If they portray it in their art it is to wake people up to its horrors, not to show how lovely and innocuous it is. Many artists stopped creating during WWII as a sign of rebellion and disgust with the war.
Art writers that think otherwise should stop writing.