• Short Summary

    Mstilslav Rostropovich, the cellist, and his wife Galina Vishnevskaya, the opera singer, who have been deprived of their Soviet citizenship, have sent an open letter to President Brezhnev, asking for a full public trial anywhere in the Soviet Union.

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    Mstilslav Rostropovich, the cellist, and his wife Galina Vishnevskaya, the opera singer, who have been deprived of their Soviet citizenship, have sent an open letter to President Brezhnev, asking for a full public trial anywhere in the Soviet Union. The couple were told on Wednesday (15 March) that they had been stripped of their Soviet citizenship for "activities harmful to the prestige" of their country.

    SYNOPSIS: At a news conference in Paris on Friday (17 March), the cellist read out the letter, which said they considered their only "fault" was to give shelter to the writer Alexander Solzhyenitsyn. As a result, they had been victimised and had been forced to apply for an extended travel visa. Mr. Rostropovich said the Soviet decision had been completely unexpected.

    Galina Vishnevskaya said that so far the Soviet authorities had not informed them officially of the decision. The couple had learned of the action from a television news programme. They have been living and performing abroad since 1974. They told newsmen that they had been convinced they would one day return to Russia "when things are a bit normal there".

    They said that their call for a court trial anywhere in the Soviet Union had only one condition -- that it must be public. Their letter continued: "The tears we shed at home were not enough for lyou. You have found a way to harm us, even here."

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    Film ID:
    VLVAALM9TJPTTVURUU7ATHFONR9U9
    Media URN:
    VLVAALM9TJPTTVURUU7ATHFONR9U9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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