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Former Soviet Leader Gorbachev Records Album

Published: June 19, 2009 (Issue # 1484)


MOSCOW — Mikhail Gorbachev has added crooner to his skill set.

The former Soviet leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate said Tuesday that he recorded an album of old Russian romantic ballads to raise money for a charity dedicated to his late wife, Raisa.

“The disc includes seven of Raisa Maximovna’s favorite romantic songs. I sang them myself, with Andrei Makarevich playing the background music,” Gorbachev said at a news conference at his Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow, Interfax reported. Makarevich is the founder and frontman of the rock group Mashina Vremeni.

Only one copy of the album, “Songs for Raisa,” was made, and it was auctioned off at a charity dinner at London’s Hampton Court on June 6, according to the web site of the Gorbachev Foundation.





 


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Monday, Oct. 20


Amateur pictures from World War I are on display for only one more day at Rosphoto’s exhibition “On Both Sides,” chronicling the conflict through the eyes of observers on both sides of the trenches. The price of entrance to the exhibition is 100 rubles ($2.50).



Tuesday, Oct. 21


The Environment, Health and Safety Committee of AmCham convenes this morning at 9 a.m. in the organization’s office.


Take the chance to pick the brains of Dmitry V. Krivenok, the deputy director of the Economic Development Agency of the Leningrad region, and Mikhail D. Sergeev, the head of the Investment Projects Department, during the meeting with them this morning hosted by SPIBA. RSVP for the event by emailing office@spiba.ru before Oct. 17 if you wish to attend.


Improve your English at Interactive English, the British Book Center’s series of lessons on vocabulary and grammar in an informal atmosphere. Starting at 6 p.m., each month draws attention to different topics in English, with the topic for this month’s lessons being “visual arts.”



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