Rape charge Russian conductor arrives in Moscow: AFP

8th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian conductor Mikhail Pletnev, charged with raping a boy in Thailand arrived in Moscow on Thursday but vowed to return on July 18 as required by the Thai courts.

"On the 18th, I will be in Thailand because I have to return there. We are all in the hands of God," Pletnev was quoted by the Echo of Moscow radio as saying upon arrival at the airport in Moscow.

"Rape is a horrible thing, and those who commit rape against children should be three times damned," he told reporters.

Pletnev, artistic director of the acclaimed Russian National Orchestra, was granted permission Wednesday to leave the country temporarily but is required to report back to the court every 12 days.

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