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Dancer's ashes 'spread over Russia'

Published 03/05/2015

Maya Plisetskaya, pictured in 1998 after a ballet performance in the Zhovtnevy Palace in Kiev (AP)
Maya Plisetskaya, pictured in 1998 after a ballet performance in the Zhovtnevy Palace in Kiev (AP)

The ashes of Maya Plisetskaya, the renowned Bolshoi ballerina who died this weekend, will be spread over Russia in accordance with her wishes.

Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin said Plisetskaya left instructions for her body to be cremated and, after the death of her husband, the composer Rodion Shchedrin, for the ashes to be joined together and spread over Russia.

Mr Urin cited a section of Plisetskaya's will that he said had been given to him by Shchedrin.

Plisetskaya, whose career at the Bolshoi spanned more than 35 years, was regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. She died in Germany of a heart attack at the age of 89.

Mr Urin said a private memorial service would be held in Germany.

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