US Secretary of State congratulated the Russian national holiday, listing the great figures of Russian culture, who left the country

US Secretary of State John Kerry has a very peculiar congratulated the Russians on the Day of Russia, which will be celebrated on 12 June. “I congratulate the Russians on your national holiday on June 12. Today is the moment to reflect on the deep ties that exist between the Russian and American culture - from (ballet)” Jewels “(George) Balanchine to (large book of poems),” Urania ” (poet), Joseph Brodsky, from (cellist Mstislav) Rostropovich up (writer Tatiana) Tolstoy, by (choreographer Mikhail) Baryshnikov to (American artist Mark) Rothko “- TASS quoted US State Department issued a message.

It should be noted that the majority of Russian cultural figures listed secretary of state, had emigrated from Russia. So, the outstanding choreographer George Balanchine (George Balanchine), marked the beginning of American Ballet, graduated from the ballet school at the Mariinsky Theatre. After the October Revolution the school was disbanded, and he had to make a living tapёrstvom. In 1923 he graduated from the conservatory. During a visit on tour in Germany in 1924 Balanchine, together with several other Soviet dancers I decided to stay in Europe, and soon found himself in Paris, where he was invited by Sergei Diaghilev in place in the Russian ballet choreographer. On the advice of Diaghilev dancer has adapted its name to Western-style - George Balanchine.

The poet Joseph Brodsky left the Soviet Union in 1972 after having been stripped of his Soviet citizenship. Before that Brodsky was called to the Visa Office, and put before a choice: immediate emigration, or “hot Springtime” - the metaphor in the mouth meant the KGB interrogations, prisons and psychiatric hospitals. By that time, the poet had twice had to lie in psychiatric hospitals.

The famous musician Mstislav Rostropovich and his wife - singer Galina Vishnevskaya - during his life in the USSR supported the dissident writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn. In 1978 they were deprived of Soviet citizenship for actions discrediting the title of citizen of the USSR. Citizenship they were returned only in 1990.

Russian-American ballet dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov danced first in the Leningrad Opera and Ballet, the Kirov. In 1974, during a tour in the troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre in Canada, received an invitation from his old friend Alexander Mintz in the company of “American Ballet Theatre”, Baryshnikov decided to stay abroad and has become a “defector”. He is nominated for the award “Oscar” and “Golden Globe”.

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