Russian to help pianist held in Thailand (Lead)

July 7th, 2010 - 7:16 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia Wednesday asked its embassy in Thailand to provide all assistance to Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev who was arrested on child sex abuse charges.
The embassy has been asked to make all necessary efforts to clarify the situation and to offer maximum consulate protection to the distinguished musician, Russian cultural ministry said.

Earlier in the day, media reports said Pletnev was arrested for raping a 14-year-old boy in Thailand and released on $9,000 bail.

If convicted, Pletnev may face up to 20 years imprisonment.

Thai media reported Tuesday that Grammy winner Pletnev, 53, was arrested at the Euro Club and Restaurant, which he co-owns in Pattaya. He was taken back to his house at Areeya Villas near Soi Siam Country Club, where police found CDs containing pornographic films and images.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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