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Autobiography of Soviet-born Kirov Principal dancer Valery Panov who came to international notice in the early 1970s when he applied for exit visas for himself and his second wife Galina to emigrate to Israel. Reading between the lines one feels sure that given half the chance he would have defected but it emerges later that his first wife had warned the authorities that if he was allowed to travel with the company he would definitely defect which makes sense of the Kirov’s repeated excuses abou ...more