Small crowd greets weary Jackson in Moscow

September 13, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

MOSCOW -- A Thriller it was not.

Two hours late, feebly waving and unsteady on his feet after a long flight from Japan, Michael Jackson landed here last night to a frenzied but pint-sized welcome.

Only about 300 Russian fans, mostly teen-age girls, turned out at the airport to greet the pop superstar who, clad in a black floppy hat and sunglasses, wearily and slowly descended the steps from his personal jetliner.

"Now I can die happy. I saw him, I saw Michael," art school student Tatyana Glutskikh, 17, blurted out in delight.

Mr. Jackson, 35, who resumes his "Dangerous World Tour" with a concert in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium Wednesday, got right into one of three bullet-proof Zil limousines -- the same big black cars that once ferried around the cream of the Kremlin.

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