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Sudden disharmony: Pro-Putin maestros get the boot in Europe

Ukraine invasion poses moral dilemma for Russian musicians abroad

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, presents a medal to Valery Gergiev in 2016. The two are known to be friends.   © AP

LONDON -- The firing was sudden. Russian maestro Valery Gergiev was sacked as chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra on March 1.

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