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Mikhail Pletnev charged with raping boy

Mikhail Pletnev charged with raping boy

One of the greatest pianists (and latterly conductors) of his generation, founder and artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev, has been charged by Thai police with raping a 14-year-old boy, according to the BBC. Police also raided his Thai home in connection with a paedophile ring and found, say prosecutors, several "compromising" photographs with underage boys.

Extraordinary. Echoes of conductor Robert King, who was convicted of sexually assaulting five minors a few years back, who is making his British comeback this year at the Wigmore Hall. Pletnev will no doubt have to withdraw from the Proms - as King did. Will he be allowed to make a comeback? With talk of an alleged paedophile ring, it seems a murkier, more deep-rooted affair than King's and altogether unlikely. And I imagine him being lynched if he ever set foot in Russia again, even if acquitted.

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I was surprised to discover that he only spends 1-3 weeks per year in Thailand which is where he 'lives'....just goes to show how ferocious the schedules of these people are. Not sure how good this is. So far,the most startling fact to have emerged from all this.

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