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 • Posted by: Jeffrey Gustafson
• Date: Wednesday, June 4, 2003, at 12:58 p.m.
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• In Response to: California Man Caught Screwing Marxist Oboe! (J Conrad Radosh)

I can't come to this discussion board anymore without hearing something about a violated oboe. The topic will simply not die. If you will not delete it then please explain to us where all these people are coming from to keep it popping up all the time.

> California Man Defaces Russian Instrumental Treasure
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

> MOSCOW (Reuters) A masked man broke through several security perimeters at
> the Moscow Historical Center of the Arts on Thursday night and was caught
> fornicating with a classic oboe on display, Russian authorities said.

> They said the man was caught in the act shortly before midnight. He was
> taken to the Nemtsov Prison and awaits a hearing on misdemeanor defacement
> charges.

> "We are still trying to ascertain the motives for the crime,"
> said Moscow police Capt. Boris Plesetsk, declining to comment on more
> specifics about the incident.

> Police, who were alerted by the Historical Center security guards of the
> crime in progress at 11:50 p.m. local time, arrived at the display shortly
> thereafter and placed the man under arrest.

> The violated instrument is known as the "Golden Oboe" and was
> used from 1928 to 1967 to perform some of the most famous Russian
> classical pieces in the Moscow Symphony Orchestra. It was also used to
> record some of Russia's most famous motion picture film scores.

> The instrument was put on display at the Moscow Historical Center of the
> Arts in 1972, where it remained untouched by the public until Thursday
> night.

> The only information Russian authorities released about the man was that
> he is a tourist from California. By Russian law, willful fornication with
> a historical monument is a misdemeanor punishable by fines and prison
> time.

> Plesetsk announced that a press conference would be held on Friday
> afternoon to reveal the condition of the oboe, which was reportedly
> damaged during the crime.

> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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