We have heard from two entrants for the Tchaikovsky Competition that they were stopped and interrogated for hours at Domodedovo Airport about the valuable instrument they were carrying – despite prior notification of its identity and provenance.
The experience has been extremely distressing for young musicians and the cultural authorities seem powerless to help.
We have warned before of difficulties at Domodedovo. This is now a red-light warning to Tchaikovsky contestants.
The competition begins today.