Viktoria Mullova on her escape from Russia and her life afterwards

We spoke to violinist Viktoria Mullova about her new book, which details her difficult early life in Russia, her escape from the KGB and settling outside the Soviet Union.

Viktoria Mullova

Classic FM's Jamie Crick spoke to the legendary violinist Viktoria Mullova about her new book, which details her defection from the Soviet Union and her subsequent escape from the KGB. She tells us about the two sides to her life - the award-winning violinist and international musician, and the hounded escapee, fleeing with only a blonde wig for protection.

Her escape in 1983 also meant that she famously had to leave her Stradivarius violin on the bed in her hotel room. An incredible story from start to finish, and we only get to scratch the surface of her remarkable life.

All of it is detailed in her book, From Russia To Love , which is available now.

Our interview with Viktoria Mullova

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