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09 July 2010 :: 16:07:48 pm 30233

Pletnev Scandals Detailed Upon his Return to Moscow

Embattled Russian musician Mikhail Pletnev, upon his return to Moscow on Thursday, has addressed the national media regarding his ongoing “child sex” case in Thailand. The address comes amidst more reports of indiscretions involving minors being reported by various Russian media sources.
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Russia, the 9th of July 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Famed musician Mikhail Pletnev, charged with child sex offences by Thai authorities on Monday, has addressed the media in several interviews pending his bail and subsequent return to Moscow on Friday, where he is expected to stay prior to a planned concert appearance in Macedonia early next week.

Talking to Russian media outlet RIA Novosti regarding his initial arrest on child sex charges, Mr. Pletnev explained that; “The first time when I was searched at my house, they (police) found nothing. Later I found on the internet information that I was accused of spreading pornography and prostitution, that I allegedly committed the rape (of a minor). I am against violence, this is simply can not (be the case).”

According to several sources, Thai authorities have yet to present any formal charge papers to Mr. Pletnev and that proceedings to-date have been carried out in Thai, a language Mr. Pletnev states he has little to no knowledge. “I cannot understand what is going on, because I do not understand the Thai language and nothing, no official papers have been given to me,” Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy quoted Mr. Pletnev explaining.

Mr. Pletnev has told how he found out about the charges being levelled against him, via and immediate search of the internet upon being given bail by Thai authorities. “Since the topic was obvious (topic of investigation), I was not exactly sure what I was accused of however. Opening the Internet, I saw a huge headline that I was, it turns out, accused of participating in organized (child) prostitution,” the musician exclaimed to RIA Novosti.

As seems to be the case in any high profile scandal, various media outlets, largely Russian, have found information linking Mr. Pletnev to several other cases of paedophilia and child abuse dating back as far as the 1980’s. In total three further cases have been linked to Mr. Pletnev two of which he was acquitted any involvement and a third, which he states is a fabrication and has since been retracted by the media source/s involved.

In 1989, Mr. Pletnev was acquitted in a high profile “child sex” case at the Hamovnicheskogo district court in Moscow. The Russian media, at the time, branded the case “the den of paedophiles.” Allegedly, a close friend was also involved in the scandal. In the year 2000 Mr. Pletnev appeared as a witness at another case, this time involving the “Blue Orchid” website, found to be distributing videos and photographs of child pornography to customers over the internet. Lastly, Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets alleges that another scandal involving the sexual harassment of a young boy whilst Pletnev was on a concert tour of Japan was covered-up by the local media, who subsequently cited insufficient evidence and the high profile nature of the accused as the reason for the dropped charges.

To date, the ongoing case against Mr. Pletnev has caused the Orchestra of Italian Switzerland (OSI) to suspend their connections with the under fire conductor until the completion of legal proceedings, while his duties as artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra continue. The Russian Orthodox Church and Russian Embassy in Thailand have also pledged support for Mr. Pletnev.

“I hope that what has happened does not strongly affect my concerts. I have decided already, no matter what happens, I will be engaged in business (as usual) until I am unable to do so. As long as I have strength, I’ll go to the end and try to bring happiness to all people with the power of musical art,” stated the musician. At present, Mr. Pletnev is scheduled to perform with his orchestra at a concert in Macedonia on the 12th of July, before returning to Thailand to report to the Pattaya District Court on the 18th of July.

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Russian Church Remain Impartial over Pletnev Case

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Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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