Quote from the letter of condolences written by the President V. Putin to the family of the late Evgeny Svetlanov

“It is an immense loss for our entire culture. A composer, a pianist, and unquestionably a great conductor, he passed away. Evgeny Fiodorovich Svetlanov nursed in himself the golden era of the music in our country.”

See also: 

– “How I was driven out of Russia at the time of democracy and glasnost”

– Open letter to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (“Biography” section)