Marina Vlady, widow of the iconic Soviet-era Russian singer Vladimir Vysotsky and one of the great French actresses of the 1960s, has backed a campaign for the release of trade union activist Valentin Urusov from prison.
The actress, who was married to Vysotsky from 1969 until his death in 1980, has joined a group of French trade unionists, academics and politicians who have signed an appeal demanding Urusov’s immediate release. The appeal notes Urusov’s serious medical problems and says the signatories fear for his life.
Marina Vlady won the Best Actress award at Cannes in 1963 for her role in The Conjugal Bed and was the female lead in Jean-Luc Godard’s 2 ou 3 Choses Que Je Sais d’Elle (1967).
NOTE: Supporters of Valentin Urusov, including the British miners’ union, are asking people to write to the Russian president demanding his release. Updates on the campaign here (you do NOT have to be a facebook member to read it): http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=172737769104
Hear about Urusov on the Solidarity Report from Radio Labour. Download the latest (28 March) mp3 from here http://www.radiolabour.net/ and go to 19 minutes and a few seconds.
News in Russian here: http://www.nr2.ru/275965.html
And a better-than-average wikipedia article about Marina Vlady here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_Vlady