They turned her over coming in, now the Russian customs and immigration authorities have given the Korean-American violinist a torrid time getting out. Here are her tweets:
- I am so beyond tired and furious.I just spent 45 min with yet another customs officer,this time trying to get my stuff out of the country.
- He was saying the paperwork filled out by the customs officer when I arrived was fine for my violin,but not complete for my bows!!!
- He was trying to get me to leave my bows in Russia!!! The idiot!!!
- I’m usually not vocal about these things,I’m really not.I’m usually very respectful+polite,but seriously.leave my bows in Russia?ru kidding?
- And it wasn’t that I had filled out the paperwork incorrectly,he was picking on the customs form filled out by a Russian customs officer!!!
- The person who came with me from the orch management to the airport to see that everything was ok really did ething he cld,he was great.
- I had ALL the proper paperwork with me.ownership papers for my violin and my bows,insurance papers,all in my name, etc,etc.
- He obviously didn’t have anything to pick on w my paperwork,so he tried2say the customs officer at arrivals didn’t label the bows completely
- He said the officer labeled the entire name of my violin on the customs forms,but with the bows,he labeled only the family name. Ridiculous.
- I’m going to go to the lounge now and have a drink. And call someone to blow off some steam.
- Instead of a drink,I think I’ll get ice cream to make me feel better! heehee!
1 Where was her agency, IMG Artists? They are meant to have a new office in Russia.
2 Would you, in Sarah’s shoes, go back to play in Russia without a Putin-signed guarantee?