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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Russia's Hermitage Says Staff Took Part in $4.9 Million Theft
As reported on Bloomberg news and elsewhere, Russia's Hermitage Museum, which houses one of the world's largest collections of western European art, said staff members were involved in the theft of 221 exhibits worth 130 million rubles ($4.9 million).

Our acclaimed, award-winning documentary THE HERMITAGE DWELLERS as much about the people who work in Russia's renowned museum as it is about the glorious art housed in this St. Petersburg institution. We meet with several "Hermitage-niks" -- including Olga Bogdanova, the head of museum maintenance, icon curator Alexandra Kostsova, museum attendant Valentina Barbashova, and art handler Vadim Kuptsov, among others -- each of whom explains their own very personal reasons for considering the palace of Catherine the Great their "home."

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