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Russia Forgives Rudolf Nureyev

September 21, 1998

MOSCOW (AP) _ Rudolf Nureyev, the Russian ballet star who defected to the West during the height of the Cold War, has been posthumously rehabilitated.

Nureyev, a star of Leningrad’s Kirov ballet theater, was granted political asylum in France in 1961. A year later, in the Soviet Union, he was convicted in absentia of high treason and sentenced to seven years in prison.

Nureyev died of AIDS in 1993 at 54.

Alexander Zvyaginstsev, a senior official in the Prosecutor General’s office, was quoted Monday by the ITAR-Tass news agency as saying that Nureyev had been forgiven under the law on the rehabilitation of ``victims of political repressions.″

Zvyagintsev said a review of Nureyev’s case found no evidence of high treason.

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