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  • Spat between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin over German treasure

    06/21/2013 1:21:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 84 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 6-21-13
    A dispute over ancient German treasure looted by Soviet troops at the end of the Second World War has overshadowed a visit by Angela Merkel to Russia.
  • Cats Guard Art At St Petersburg Museum

    01/03/2011 6:17:51 AM PST · by marthemaria · 28 replies
    St Petersburg's famous museum, known for the world's most admired art collection, is also home to some surprising residents The splendid and revered Hermitage Gallery is a must-see for any tourist visiting St Petersburg. Once the home of Catherine the Great the mueum has always been home to a great number of cats. A lesser known fact about the museum's astonishing history is that felines have inhabited the cosy cellars for centuries - surviving Tsars and Communists. Initially they were brought in to protect the masterpieces from being ravaged by vermin. But now with poison to do that job the...
  • Slave Cabins of The Hermitage

    05/29/2010 7:44:27 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 27 replies · 799+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | May 29, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Andrew Jackson would not be "politically correct" in today's world. A Backcountry warrior, made famous by the Battle of New Orleans, and a rough-hewn politician who became America's first Scotch-Irish President, Jackson was also a farmer and a slave-holder. His estate, The Hermitage, in Davidson County, Tennessee, has been preserved -- including some of the log cabins where Jackson's slaves lived. [Vintage photographs]
  • Russia: Officials Say Betrayal, Bad Inventories Behind Hermitage Thefts

    08/08/2006 1:20:37 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 7 replies · 343+ views
    RFERL ^ | August 7, 2006 | Daisy Sindelar
    The revelation that St. Petersburg's renowned Hermitage Museum had been systematically robbed of 221 precious art objects has underscored yet again the vulnerability of Russia's cultural treasures. PRAGUE, August 7, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- It has all the elements of a classic mystery novel. Hundreds of icons and precious objects worth an estimated $5 million are systematically stolen from Russia's most storied art museum, the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. The majority of the items, it becomes clear, were taken from a single storeroom -- whose guardian, a curator identified as Larisa Zavadskaya, died suddenly late last year. Museum officials bring in...
  • One man's multimillion-dollar legal battle threatens chaos in art world

    11/29/2005 3:39:28 AM PST · by Republicanprofessor · 14 replies · 536+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday November 29, 2005 | Mark Honigsbaum
    Hermitage museum may be forced to halt loans of treasures The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg - Russia's most important museum and one of the world's leading lending institutions - is threatening a moratorium on overseas loans, throwing into doubt the future of the Hermitage Rooms in London's Somerset House, as well as an exhibition at Tate Modern, due to open in June. In an interview with the Art Newspaper published this week, Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage, warns there is a real possibility that no Russian museum will lend works to UK or other European venues unless...
  • American Family Fall Vacation to St. Petersburg Russia 2005

    09/16/2005 4:17:48 AM PDT · by schwing_wifey · 23 replies · 556+ views
    personal letter home to US friends and family | 9/16/05 | schwing_wifey
    For privacy purposes and since its Russia, I'll be Natasha and we'll have Boris and Boris Junior OK? We went to Russia. I can't believe we went to Russia. Did I say we went to Russia? Never in a million years would I have believed I'd be able to say, "I went to Russia". Now that I've gotten that off my chest... Getting a visa to go to Russia was very interesting. Someone told me it was their revenge for the American visa process. Needless to say, it cost about $130 each and wanted to know everything from education, military,...