Russian conductor charged with child sex returns to Thailand

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Acclaimed Russian conductor and pianist Mikhail Pletnev flew Saturday to Thailand where he must report to authorities after being charged with raping a teenaged boy, his spokeswoman said.

"Mikhail Vasilievich (Pletnev) flew to Thailand today," Svetlana Chaplygina was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Pletnev, artistic director of the Russian National Orchestra, denies the charge which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in jail.

The conductor and pianist was charged early July with rape of a 14-year-old boy at the southern beach resort of Pattaya, where the musician has a house, a restaurant and a music school.

A Thai court allowed him to travel overseas after he posted extra bail but required him to report back to the court every 12 days, starting from Monday.

© 2010 AFP

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