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Galina Vishnevskaya receives supreme honour from president Putin

The Russian president has signed a decree awarding the highest rank of Services to the Fatherland order to the great soprano, widow of the cellist and conductor, Mstislav Rostropovich. The singer, who – as she relates in her autobiography – was harassed by Putin’s KGB colleagues for much of her career, is 86 years old and rarely seen in public.

(file photo, 2008)

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  1. She looks the sort of woman who would even scare Mr Putin. Well done that girl!

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