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Funeral held in Moscow for Rostropovich

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A funeral has been held in Moscow for the world famous cello player and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich. The 80-year-old died on Friday. Mourners gathered at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral for a two hour service. Among the foreign dignitaries were Spain’s Queen Sofia and the wife of the outgoing French President Jacques Chirac. Rostropovich was later buried in the same cemetery where former president Boris Yeltsin was buried last week. The pair had close ties – Rostropovich joined Yeltsin on the barricades to resist a coup by Soviet hardliners in 1991. Rostropovich was seen as a champion of civil rights during the Soviet years.