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AFM says Kirov Orchestra took part in "fraudulent behavior"
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-04-18
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Source: Mi2N - April 14, 2002

The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) the 112 piece St Petersburgh-based Kirov Orchestra violated the conditions of its P-1 Visa application when in February, it recorded the soundtrack for Paramount's "K-19: The Widowmaker," starring Harrison Ford.

In a letter to the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), AFM President Tom Lee claims the Kirov Orchestra violated the conditions of its P-1 Visa application while in the US and said its participation constituted fraudulent behavior. "The Kirov was admitted to the United States expressly as an accompaniment to opera and ballet performances," stated Lee. "They were not admitted to steal work from American recording musicians, undercut American wages, and permit Paramount Pictures to dodge payroll taxes."

The orchestra was to have been back in the US between July 8 and 26 for performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. But in a letter to the opera house, the AFM suggested the Met "make arrangements with Local 802 (New York City) for a replacement orchestra for the event."

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