Outspoken defense of humen rights

Laureate Freedom of Speech Award 1992

Mstislav Rostropovich Laureate Freedom of Speech Award 1992

He is a renowned conductor, cellist, and pianist. He was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974 his efforts on behalf of humanitarian causes. In 1977 he became Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington. He personally supported the resistance to the coup in the Soviet Union in 1991. For his outspoken defense of human rights both in the days of brutal repression in the Soviet Union and during the transition to democracy.