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Family Balks At Moving Russian Composer's Remains From Kensico Cemetery

The great-great-granddaughter of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff says moving his remains from Valhalla to Russia would be disrespectful.
The great-great-granddaughter of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff says moving his remains from Valhalla to Russia would be disrespectful. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

VALHALLA, N.Y. – The great-great-granddaughter of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff says moving his remains from Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla to Russia, as nationalistic Russians want, would be a violation of his privacy and undignified, reports the New York Times .

Susan Sophia Rachmaninoff Volkonskaya Wanamaker says talk by Russia’s culture minister Vladimir Medinsky that Rachmaninoff’s remains should be exhumed and returned to Russia would be disrespectful to the composer, who was buried in Valhalla after his death March 28, 1943, in Beverly Hills, according to the report.

Medinsky says the composer wanted to be buried in Russia, but Wanamaker says that’s not true, according to the New York Times.

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