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6.08.2010 13:26
No fame saves from shame
Edinburgh Annual International Festival

A world famous conductor has pulled out of his performances at the Proms and the Edinburgh festival after being accused in Thailand of child molestation.
      
      Mikhail Pletnev, the founder and artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra (RNO), was charged last month with molesting a 14-year-old boy. Pletnev was arrested in July at a badminton club in Pattaya, a resort on the Gulf of Thailand where he owns several properties. Police searched one of his homes, confiscating material in connection with an investigation into a paedophilia ring.
      
      Pletnev, a Grammy winner who studied at the Moscow Conservatory and founded the RNO as post-Soviet Russia's first private orchestra in 1990, was released on bail of £6,000. He denied the charge, saying there had been a "misunderstanding". If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
      
      Pletnev's spokesman announced today that he would not be conducting RNO concerts in London on 18 August and Edinburgh on 19 August "in order to have the necessary time to deal with the accusations against him".
      
      The Voice Of America News


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