Gorbachev Urges Artists to Stay, Help Russia
The Daily Gazette, Monday July 26, 1993
BAYREUTH, Germany -- Russian culture needs foreign help to remain vibrant, former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Sunday in an appeal to support artists tempted to emigrate.
"The culture of Russia is in distress," Gorbachev said at a news conference before the opening of a five-week Richard Wagner Festival, which will feature perfomances of five of his operas.
Help also is needed for architectural monuments, museums and libraries, he said.
Gorbachev was supported in his appearance by former German Foreign Minister Hans Dietrich Genscher.