ST 4338-01 Job no. 702 Rudolf Nureyev. Obligatory Credit – SNOWDON / CAMERA PRESS. SPECIAL PRICE APPLIES – CONSULT CAMERA PRESS OR ITS LOCAL AGENT. Archive image of Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993), Russia’s leading ballet dancer until he defected to the west in 1961, where he became probably the most famous male classical dancer of the century: The KGB have just released his personal files.