FILE- In this March 27, 2007, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich attend the celebration of Rostropovich's 80th birthday at the Kremli

 

              FILE- In this March 27, 2007, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich attend the celebration of Rostropovich
FILE- In this March 27, 2007, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich attend the celebration of Rostropovich's 80th birthday at the Kremlin in Moscow. An artists' spat over President Vladimir Putin and his adoption ban joins a long tradition in Russian politics. At the core of the argument today is a question about what an artist's role should be in Putin's Russia: attracting generous state funding for bigger and better artistic projects, or challenging the political system in a way most ordinary citizens cannot afford to do. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Presidential Press Service, Mikhail Klimentyev, File)