Accessibility links

Breaking News

Rostropovich Released From Russian Hospital

Mstislav Rostropovich (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) March 7, 2007 -- Reports from Russia say the famous cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich has been released from hospital.

Rostropovich was hospitalized last month with what was described as a non-life-threatening condition.

President Vladimir Putin visited Rostropovich during his stay in the hospital, leading to speculation that the musician was in serious condition.

Rostropovich's spokeswoman Natalya Dolezhal said the 79-year-old musician is now feeling well.

Rostropovich is due to celebrate his 80th birthday on March 27.

(Reuters, AFP, ITAR-TASS)

RFE/RL Russia Report

RFE/RL Russia Report

SUBSCRIBE For news and analysis on Russia by e-mail, subscribe to "RFE/RL Russia Report."

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.