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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Extraordinary Devotion Of a Very Ordinary Fan

She spent her summer working in a washing-machine factory to save up for the 28, 000-ruble ticket.


She traveled 350 kilometers from her home in Nizhny Novgorod and stood four fruitless hours in the rain Wednesday hoping to glimpse her favorite star.


Yet none of these obstacles could dampen the spirits of Michael Jackson fan Lena Karasyova, 16, standing outside the Metropol Hotel with the start of the concert just a few hours away.


"I feel an incredible joy that he's here, that I'm actually going to see him", she said.


Karasyova was one of about five young women standing near a barricade outside the Metropol in central Moscow at noon in a cold, steady rain. By 12: 30 P. M. about 40 people had gathered, shouting "Michael, Michael" and waving victory signs for a photographer.


A medium-sized young woman with medium-length hair and nothing extraordinary about her other than her enthusiasm, she braved rain that soaked her jacket through to keep up the vigil.


"He's an outstanding singer and composer", said Karasyova, who said she studies guitar and voice and loves Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Tina Turner and the Russian singer Alla Pugachova as well as Jackson. "But it's more than that. You can see from any one of his songs what kind of person he is in his soul. For example, in the song 'Black or White', or 'Heal the World', he thinks about the problems of the world".


As a rumor went through the crowd that Jackson's fabled hand had been seen waving from a window, the crowd slogged en masse through puddles past the statue of Marx to the other side of the hotel. A few minutes later, about 40 teenagers were squealing at the slightest sign of movement inside.


"Have you ever seen Michael? " one of the fans asked a reporter. "How would you say, 'Michael, we love you' in English? "