Customs officials at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport have seized a valuable 18th century violin from the violinist Nikolai Managazze, who has applied to compete in the Tchaikovsky competition.
The instrument is on loan from a Swiss foundation. The Russians have demanded proof that it is not part of their national heritage.
Managazze, who was born in Moscow and is based in Dubai, was held for several hours and, his wife says, was not allowed to call an expert to testify on his beahlf.
Valery Gergiev and others will give a press conference tomorrow for the launch of the Tchaikovsky Competition. If you are there, please ask them what assurances contestants have that their istruments will not be seized by the Russian state.