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French 'Space' star complains of Moscow 'ambush' after plagiarism row

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French 'Space' star complains of Moscow 'ambush' after plagiarism row

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The French founder of the 1970s electronic band Space is complaining of having suffered a “hooligan ambush” after being briefly detained by police in Moscow over a dispute with a Russian singer he had accused of plagiarism.

Filipp Kirkorov, the Russian, in turn accused Didier Marouani of extortion.

The Frenchman was arrested with his lawyer at a bank where they had gone expecting to conclude an out-of-court settlement – but the whole thing was an apparent set-up by pranksters.

The pair were released and the police apologised. Now Marouani wants Kirkorov brought to account.

Space had a hit in the UK and Europe in 1977 with Magic Fly and have continued to enjoy success in eastern Europe.