Putin applauds Plisetskaya

File photo of Vladimir Putin clapping for prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow


Reuters file photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin welcoming prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya before a performance at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow on November 20, 2000. Plisetskaya died yesterday in Germany of a heart attack, at the age of 89. Putin expressed ‘deep condolences’ to her family.

Maya’s father was murdered in Stalin’s bloodlust of 1938; her mother was sent to Siberia.

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  • Just been to an excellent recital by Stephen Hough at Glyndebourne. One of his encores was in memory of Mme Plisetskaya : a movement from Don Quixote by Minkus, I think transcribed by Hough for solo piano.

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