Russian cellist suspended from orchestra

By Pang Li
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A China-stationed Russian cellist who harassed a Chinese woman passenger and insulted her on a train has been suspended from his orchestra, the Beijing Times reported.


File photo of Oleg Vedernikov, principal cellist at Beijing Symphony Orchestra. [Photo:]

File photo of Oleg Vedernikov, principal cellist at Beijing Symphony Orchestra. [Photo:]


Oleg Vedernikov is currently chief cellist with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. On a Beijing-bound train from Shenyang on May 14, Vedernikov refused to withdraw his bare feet placed on the front seatback, and insulted a women passenger in Chinese.

A nearby passenger filmed the whole incident and put the footage on web, which later ignited public anger. Under pressure, Vedernikov and the orchestra have both issued statements of apology. The musician has been suspended from work, pending further punishment.

This is just the latest incident involving a dispute among local Chinese and foreign nationals following the sexual assault of a Chinese woman by a British citizen in Beijing last week.

An American was stabbed by a 61-year-old Chinese man near Tian'anmen Square on Wednesday, May 16, for "personal matters".

Beijing has started to clamp down on foreigners illegally entering, residing or working in the city following a spate of recent incidents in an effort to improve social security.

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