Where’s Gergiev? In the desertmain
President Putin’s pet conductor is missing the early stages of the World Cup.
He has been sent with the Mariinsky orchestra to Saudi Arabia to open the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, paving the way for a visit by the Bolshoi Ballet.
Putin, meanwhile, was hosting the Saudi Crown Prince as a 5-0 football drubbing.