MONTREUX, Switzerland -- Roman Polanski has made his first public appearance since being released this week from house arrest, attending the Montreux Jazz Festival on Saturday to watch his wife perform on stage.
The 76-year-old film director arrived at the Lake Geneva festival Saturday evening in a sport utility vehicle with tinted windows. When he emerged, he brushed his fingers through his hair -- a trademark gesture -- then was ushered into an elevator. Security personnel protected him from an eager crush of photographers.
Polanski's wife, the actress and singer Emmanuelle Seigner, performed shortly after his arrival, wearing a flannel shirt, a black hat and jeans.
In an interview earlier Saturday with Swiss television, excerpts of which were broadcast on France-2 television, Polanski thanked ''the millions of people who kept sending me messages of support during those nine long months.''
''I would also certainly thank my wife Emmanuelle (and) my children, without whom I would have never been able to hold onto my dignity and perseverance,'' Polanski said.
The Oscar-winning director was freed Monday from seven months of house arrest at his Swiss chalet when Switzerland's government refused to extradite him to the United States. Before that, he served two months in prison as the Swiss government pondered whether he should be handed over to U.S. authorities to be sentenced for having sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977.
Polanski still faces an Interpol warrant in effect for 188 countries.
Russian poet gives house, art to country
PEREDELKINO, Russia -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russia's most renowned living poet, has given his house along with an extensive art collection to the state as a museum.
The two-story museum in the writer's colony of Peredelkino, just outside Moscow, joins nearby house-museums, including those of Boris Pasternak and Bulat Okudjava. It contains paintings by Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.
The museum also exhibits Yevtushenko's photographs from his travels in Siberia, China, Italy, the Middle East, and items collected during his life, among which is American writer Mark Twain's cane.