• Short Summary

    The Soviet cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, and his wife, the singer Galina Vishnevskaya, said in London on Thursday (30 March) that they refused to recognise the Soviet government's decision to strip them of their citizenship.

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    The Soviet cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich, and his wife, the singer Galina Vishnevskaya, said in London on Thursday (30 March) that they refused to recognise the Soviet government's decision to strip them of their citizenship. In a detailed statement Rostropovich refuted a number of charges levelled against him by the Soviet authorities.

    SYNOPSIS: Rostropovich told a crowded news conference in London that the charges against him had no foundation. Speaking in Russian, in an impromptu message to the Russian people, he said he and his wife considered themselves citizens who had done nothing against the Soviet people. "We remain Russian", he said. "We consider that the Soviet government tricked its people by telling them that we took part in anti-Soviet activity". The two Russian artists were told two weeks ago (15 March) that they had been stripped of their citizenship for activities harmful to the prestige of their country. Rostropovich ???ft the Soviet Union at his own request in 1974.

    Galina Vishnevskaya told the reporters: "There are no words to express my indignation at this inhuman act. In depriving us of our Soviet Nationality and condescendingly allowing our children to keep theirs, the Soviet government has acted like a slave-owner". She continue:"I will never recognise this illegal and arbitrary act. The land which God has given me cannot be taken away from me". Later, speaking in halting English, Mstislav Rostropovich told newsmen his whole future was in the balance, but he would never harm his native country.

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    Film ID:
    VLVATQU6QBF48MGMSJLZAPQHP8Y1
    Media URN:
    VLVATQU6QBF48MGMSJLZAPQHP8Y1
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/03/1978
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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