“I’m proud that I knew Rostropovich,” said the incoming Russian president. “Such people, without a doubt, made up and make up the pride of our country.”
The bronze and granite statue of Rostropovich with a cello in his hands was unveiled at the intersection of Bryusov Pereulok and Yeliseyevsky Pereulok in central Moscow, near where Rostropovich lived with his wife, Galina Vishnevskaya.
Putin (r.) also offered support for Vishnevskaya’s (l.) efforts to set up a Moscow-based Cultural Heritage Center named after Rostropovich.
photo: Ria-Novosti/Lebrecht Music & Arts