Gergiev, principal conductor of the LSO, has just wielded his famous baton over a pro-Russian concert in South Ossetia. Read more here.
Gergiev, it says, is godfather to Vladimir Putin's daughter.
By the by, the wife of our government's Foreign Secretary David Milliband is a member of the LSO.
Factions among the LSO players are rumoured to be seriously p***ed off at Gergiev's allegedly somewhat cavalier approach to their rehearsal schedule.
These facts are probably quite unrelated but remain vaguely intriguing.