Shostakovich's son seeks asylum in West Germany

Soviet conductor Maxim Shostakovich, son of the late composer Dmitri Shostakovich, has asked for political asylum in West Germany, police in this Bavarian town said Sunday. They said Mr. Shostakovich asked for asylum with his son Dmitri after a concert given in furth by the Soviet Radio Symphony Orchestra. Police said both Mr. Shostakovich and his son were under the protection of West German authorities at an unnamed location.

The conductor's father, one of the foremost figures in modern music, passed on in Moscow six years ago after a career which saw him criticized as well as praised b y Soviet authorities.

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